Tangney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Tangney comes from the Irish Gaelic "O Teangna" and refers to a "descendant of Teangana." This personal name is an Old Breton name composed of the element "tan" meaning "fire" and "ci" meaning "dog," and was born by a sixth century Christian saint.

Early Origins of the Tangney family

The surname Tangney was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province.

Early History of the Tangney family

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Tangney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tangney, O'Tangney, Tagney, Tangley and others.

Early Notables of the Tangney family (pre 1700)

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United States Tangney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tangney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Tangney and John Tagney, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Daniel Tangney and Mick and Patrick Tagney, who sailed to New York in 1851
  • Mary Tangney and her family, and Biddy Tagney, who immigrated to New York in 1857
  • Patrick Tangney, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1896

Canada Tangney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tangney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Tangney, aged 19 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]

New Zealand Tangney migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tangney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Tangney, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Miss Mary Tangney, (b. 1843), aged 26, Irish general servant, from Kerry travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [2]
  • Mr. David Tangney, (b. 1852), aged 21, English labourer from Kent travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [2]
  • Miss Margaret Tangney, (b. 1851), aged 22, Irish dairymaid from County Kerry travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [2]
  • Miss Mary Tangney, (b. 1855), aged 18, Irish dairymaid from County Kerry travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tangney (post 1700) +

  • June P Tangney, American Professor of Psychology at SUNY, Buffalo, New York
  • Maurice F. Tangney, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1940; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1948 [3]
  • Brendan Tangney, Irish professor in the Department of Computer Science at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
  • Dame Dorothy Margaret Tangney DBE (1911-1985), Australian politician, first woman member of the Australian Senate (1943-1968), eponym of the Division of Tanguey, an electoral division in Western Australia


The Tangney 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: Si Deus quis contra?
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 57)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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