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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Brad Tierney

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

Owen Tierney
Does anyone know my great grandfather's origin.He ended his days in Scott's House ,was married to Sarah McEnroe abd had 7 children--Owen,Catherine,Terry, John,Patrick,Rose and Charlie. John,Patrick and Rose emigrated to the USA,Owen and Charlie went to Scotland for work.Terry and Catherine stayed in Ireland and neither of them married.They lived with their parents and died in Scott's house.My name is Owen Tierney and the Owen mentioned above was my grandfather. I have traced my Great grandmother's family,and have found out a lot on that side of the family,but can't find anything on my great grandfather,John Tierney.I have traced the place where my grandfather was born,and the places the family lived right up to their final home in Scotts house,and ,from the fact that the total distance from where my grandfather was born to the place they ended their days was only 10 miles,I am fairly sure that my great grandfather would have been a local man,from the Cootehill Tullyvinn area.If any of the above information means anything to you ,please get in touch with me.My email is

Alan Tierney
Does anyone know of my Father, Richard Tierney, born 1891 in Bermondsey? He had a brother Edward, born 1890 who died in Australia.