Last name: Tierney

Recorded in several forms as shown below, this is an Irish surname. It derives from the Gaelic O' Tighearnaigh, meaning the grandson or male descendant of Tighearnach, the latter translating as lord or master. Traditionally Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, revered elders, or from some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by O' or Mac, denoting "son of". This surname is especially widespread in County Galway, whereas the earliest recording is found in County Limerick in the early 18th Century (see below). In the modern idiom the surname can be found recorded as Tierney, Tierny,Tiernaney, O'Tierney, Tearny, Tearney and Terney. Recordings from various church registers include the christening of James Tierny, on June 4th 1741, at Limerick Cathedral, County Limerick; the christening of Penelope Tierney on April 17th 1754, at St. Olave's, Hart Street, London; and Patrick Tiernaney who left Liverpool bound for New York on the ship Marmion on May 18th 1847. The family coat of arms has the blazon of a silver shield charged with a red chief and overall a black chevron. The crest is an oak tree. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Tierny, which was dated 1735, when he married Ann Young, at Limerick Cathedral, County Limerick. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Just signing in, Love visiting Ireland, Father (Patrick) born in carrgalen (spelling), from from Letrim {spelling).

Brad Tierney

I just stumbled on this site

Sheldon Tierney
I'm new to this site, been trying to trace my heritage back to the source.

William Milligan
my Mother was a Tierney she was Katherine with sisters Helen and Margaret, with brothers John, Joseph and Thomas who was a Priest in Glasgow.

John TIERNEY married Ann DELANEY in the parish of Dunkerrin, Kings Co., on 3rd Feb., 1823. Children were:- Michael; Mary; Ellen; Ann; Patrick; Catherine; Timothy; Johanna and Honora. By 1854 parents and Catherine were deceased and the rest of the family came to Australia.

ryan tierney
My father was francis tierney who was born in county clare his mother was called mary thats all i know or remember i was a kid when i last saw him he passed away a while ago now leaving many questions and riddles

John Joseph
Is it Irish or Scottish

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