McCartney Family History
The ancient origin of the name McCartney
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name McCartney
include McCartnay and McCartny. The name McCartney is derived from the MacArtain sept of County Down, a Gaelic name which is more often anglicized as McCartan.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
McCartney is also of Scottish origin being derived from MacCartaine families, who were a branch of the clan Mackintosh, prominent in the north-eastern part of Ulster province since the seventeenth century. The MacCartneys of Lissanoure, County Antrim are descended from Captain George MacCartney, Scotland, of these families. McCartney was listed in the 'Petty Census' of 1659 as a principal Irish name in the barony of Belfast. In modern times in Ireland the name is still mostly associated with Ulster Province.The McCartney
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including McCartney