Carney Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Carney Family History


Carney Family History


The ancient origin of the name Carney was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Carney include Kearney and O'Carney. The name Kearney is evenly distributed throughout the four provinces of Ireland. The alternative spelling Carney, however, is almost totally confined to Connaught, and particularly to County Mayo. The most important of these Septs in history are of different origin. They were chiefs of Teffia, County Meath, and even when their influence diminished they retained a considerable territory in Kilcoursey in County Offaly. Five Kearneys of Irish origin appear in the Dictionary of American Biography in the sphere of politics, literature and warfare. The family of John Kearny of Fethard, who was secretary to James II, were very prominent in the French court and legal circles during the eighteenth century.The Carney family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Carney descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Carney Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Arrows/Arrow-Heads Often symbolizing military readiness
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Sword Symbol of Government and Justice

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