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Heaney
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  • Surname History:
    1. Bird; a modernised form of Ó heignigh, often anglicised bird, owing to the erroneous notion that it is derived from 'éan,' a bird, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    2. Descendant of Éanna' (enda); also written Ó hÉinne; the name (1) of a family of ui fiachrach who were formerly proprietors of imleachloisce, in co. mayo: (2) of an eoghanacht family in the present co. limerick; and (3) of a dalcassian family in thomond. this last-named family produced several distinguished ecclesiastics, two of whom, donald (1098) and matthew (1206), filled the see of cashel, and one, connor, that of killaloe. connor died while returning from the fourth general council of lateran. this surname is to be distinguished from Ó hÉinigh, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    3. Heaney, heany, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    4. Also Ó hÉineadha; a galway surname, the origin of which i cannot trace. it is possibly the same as Ó hÉanna, or Ó féinneadha, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    5. Son of giolla choinnigh' (servant of st. canice, or kenny). this surname, in the 16th century, was found in roscommon, leitrim, donegal and down, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
  • Sources:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmneoir

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