Heaney Family History

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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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Heaney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heaney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Heaney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Heaney Family Origin

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Heaney Family Occupations

What did your Heaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Cabt Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heaney. A less common occupation for the Heaney family was Cabt. Maker. The most common Heaney occupation in Canada was Farmer. 18% of Heaney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Cabt Maker

  • Cabt. Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Heaney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Heaney Historical Records

What Heaney family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Heaney Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heaney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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