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Heaney Name Meaning

reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉighnigh ‘descendant of Éighneach’ (see Heagney). Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉanna ‘descendant of Éanna’, a very common personal name of uncertain meaning. It was borne by various early saints, most notably St Éanna of Aran. The name has been erroneously understood as containing the element éan ‘bird’ and as a result the surname was sometimes Anglicized as Bird.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Heagney, Devaney, Hanley, Haney, Heavey, Healey, Meaney, Teaney

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Where is the Heaney family from?

You can see how Heaney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heaney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heaney families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Heaney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 54% of all the recorded Heaney's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Heaney families in 1840.
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What did your Heaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Heaney. 9% of Heaney men worked as a Clerk and 10% of Heaney women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heaney were Farmer and Secretary.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farmer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Heaney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heaney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Heaney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Heaney. For the veterans among your Heaney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heaney lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Heaney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Heaney in 1948 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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