Harney Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Harney Family History

If you are conducting some Harney family history research then you can view the Harney coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Harney surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


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The family history of the ancient name Harney was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. 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 Harney include Harnie, Harnoy, Harnay, Hartney, Haherny, Hartnane, Hartnett, Harnett, O'Harney, Harknett, Harnedy, Hartnetty and Harnet. This name in Irish is O'hAthairne and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. It has been suggested that this name is taken form the Gaelic word 'athardha' meaning 'paternal'. This sept came from County Roscommon and in later times from County Tipperary.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. This name and its variants appear frequently in the sixteenth century Fiants. The Harney 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 Harney descendants.

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