The name Taheny comes from one of the family having worked as a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation
appears in the Old French as diacne,
in Old English as diacon
and in Old English as deakne.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Taheny family
The surname Taheny was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Taheny family
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Taheny Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Taheny have been found, including: Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.
Early Notables of the Taheny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Taheny family to Ireland
Some of the Taheny family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Taheny family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Taheny, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Taheny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bdgt. Taheny, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Colooney, in 1898
- John Taheny, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Ballymote, in 1899
Taheny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Margaret Taheny, aged 19, who settled in America from Ballisodare, Ireland, in 1911
- May Taheny, aged 29, who landed in America from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1911
- Michael Taheny, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Castlebar, Ireland, in 1911
- Domlicx Taheny, aged 25, who landed in America from Boyle, Ireland, in 1915
- Edward Taheny, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Taheny (post 1700)
- Emily Taheny, Australian television actress, comedienne, and singer
The Taheny Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In utrumque utroque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.