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Blaney Name Study

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Date: After 15 Feb 2021
Surnames/tags: Blaney Blayney Blany Blano
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About the Project

The Blaney/Blayney Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Blaney/Blayney name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Blaney/Blayney name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Blaneys), by time period (18th Century Blaneys), or by topic (Blaney DNA, Blaney Occupations, Blaney Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Blaney/Blayney Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name as a member of this study by contacting the 'Name Study Coordinator "Neil Brown".

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Neil Brown for assistance.

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Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!

As of 21 March 2021

Blaney name- Wikitree= 665

Blayney name- Wikitree= 431

Blany name- Wikitree- 3

Blaney/Blayney/Blany name- Family Search=240,290

Blaney name- Find A Grave=4424

Blayney name- Find a Grave=955

Blany name- Find a Grave- 38

Blaney/Blayney/Blany name- Ancestry= 501,484

Recorded as Blayney and Blaney, this is a surname of Welsh origins, but one which is also well recorded in Ireland. It is topographical and describes a person who lived in an upland or remote region. The derivation is from the pre 7th century Celtic and Welsh word "blaen" of which the plural is "blaenau", meaning point, tip or sometimes end, and used in a tranferred sense to describe a mountain top. The Welsh family of Blaynes claim descent from one Brockwel Ysgythrog who flourished around the year 550 a.d., although it is thought that the Welsh line died out in 1795 with Arthur Blayney of Gregynog, Montgomeryshire. The name Blaney is now fairly numerous in the province of Ulster in Ireland, and especially in County Monaghan. The first of these being Sir Edward Blayney who went to Ireland in 1598 where he was knighted in 1603, later becoming Lord Monaghan. The Blayneys also gave their name to the town of Castleblayney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Leuan Blaenau or Evan Blayney. which was dated 1406 in the list of burgesses of the town of Welshpool". This was during the reign of King Henry IV, also known as Henry Bolingbroke 1399 - 1413. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

  • Irish Blayney Peerage

Lord Blayney, Baron of Monaghan, in the County of Monaghan, was a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1621 for the soldier Sir Edward Blayney. He was succeeded by his son, the second Baron. He was killed at the Battle of Benburb in 1646. His younger son, the fourth Baron (who succeeded his elder brother), represented County Monaghan in the Irish House of Commons. His elder son, the fifth Baron, was attainted by the Parliament of James II for supporting William of Orange. He had no sons and was succeeded by his younger brother, the sixth Baron. He was Governor of County Monaghan. His son, the seventh Baron, was Lord Lieutenant of County Monaghan. He was succeeded by his elder son, the eighth Baron. He was a clergyman and served as Dean of Killaloe. He had no surviving children and was succeeded by his younger brother, the ninth Baron. He was a Lieutenant-General in the Army. His younger son, the eleventh Baron (who succeeded his elder brother), was also a Lieutenant-General in the Army and fought in the Peninsular War. Lord Blayney also represented the rotten borough of Old Sarum in Parliament. His son, the twelfth Baron, sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for County Monaghan and was later an Irish Representative Peer from 1841 until his death. On his death in 1874 the title became extinct.

The family seat was at Blayney Castle, located near the town of Castleblayney, which was named after the first Baron.

Barons Blayney (1621)

Edward Blayney, 1st Baron Blayney (1570-1629) (Wikitree Blayney-35)

Henry Blayney, 2nd Baron Blayney (died 1646) (Wikitree Blayney-37)

Edward Blayney, 3rd Baron Blayney (died 1669)

Richard Blayney, 4th Baron Blayney (died 1670)

Henry Vincent Blayney, 5th Baron Blayney (died 1689)

William Blayney, 6th Baron Blayney (died 1705)

Cadwallader Blayney, 7th Baron Blayney (1693–1732) (Wikitree Blayney-79)

Charles Talbot Blayney, 8th Baron Blayney (1714–1761)

Cadwallader Blayney, 9th Baron Blayney (1720–1775) (Wikitree Blayney-77)

Cadwallader Davis Blayney, 10th Baron Blayney (1769–1784)

Andrew Thomas Blayney, 11th Baron Blayney (1770–1834) (Wikitree Blaney-205)

Cadwallader Davis Blayney, 12th Baron Blayney (1802–1874) (Wikitree Blaney-206)

More info on the above at

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  • FAMOUS BLANEYS: for their profiles:

Dave Blaney (born 1962), semi-retired American stock car racing driver (Wikitree- Blaney-551)

Dave Blaney (born 1947 in Poole, UK), professional footballer with Southampton Football Club. Friend of Elvis Presley after meeting him in Munich in 1960.

Dorothy B. Blaney (1921–1998), American stamp collector

Ed Blaney (born 1951), American soccer player

Frederick Blaney (1918–1988), Irish cricketer

George Blaney (born 1939), American former basketball player and coach

Greg Blaney, Irish Gaelic footballer and hurler

Harry Blaney (1928–2013), Irish politician

Isabella W. Blaney (1854–?), American suffragette

James Blaney (born 1974), Irish former rugby union player and current coach

James G. Blaney, major general in the US National Guard

John W. Blaney (born 1948), American diplomat

Margaret-Ann Blaney (fl. 1999–2012), Canadian journalist and politician

Max Blaney (1910–1940), Second World War British Army bomb defuser

Neil Blaney (1922–1995), Irish politician

Ryan Blaney (born 1993), American stock car racing driver (Wikitree- Blaney-553)

Steven Blaney (born 1965), Canadian businessman and politician

Steven Blaney (footballer) (born 1977), retired Welsh footballer

Tim Blaney (born 1959), American puppeteer and voice actor

Vaughn Blaney, Canadian educator and political figure

Alex Blaney (born 1977), British Award-winning digital designer

Mark Blaney (born 1969), British Award-winning Film Producer

Andrew Blaney long blonde hair, bit of a wild one. Once wore odd socks and says he “can play the synthesiser a bit”. Debatable.


Baron Blayney, an extinct title in the Peerage of Ireland, including a list of titleholders with the name

Alan Blayney (born 1981), football goalkeeper from Northern Ireland

Benjamin Blayney (1728–1801), English divine and Hebraist (Wikitree- Blayney-73)

Ian Blayney (born 1962), Australian politician

John Blayney (1925–2018), Irish rugby player, barrister, and Supreme Court judge

Leah Blayney (born 1986), Australian soccer coach and former player

Reece Blayney (born 1985), Australian former rugby league footballer


John Blaney, b. 1630, Salem, MA, d. 29 Sep 1715, Charlestown, Suffolk, MA; m. 11 Jul 1660 Hannah King at Lynn, Essex, MA

John Francis Blaney, b.c. 1889, Queens, New York; m. Anna, b.c. 1899


  • Neil Brown
  • Chuckie Blaney
  • Jim Bowen
  • Dr. Keith T. Blayney
  • John Andrewartha
  • Kyle Blaney
  • John Mitchell
  • Lindsey Davis
  • Robert Sparanese
  • Julie Yilek
  • Philip Blayney
  • Paula Egan

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

  • Blaney
  • Blayney
  • Blany
  • Blano


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The duplicates have been merged. Thank you Jim.
posted by [Living Brown]
In the Blaney Genealogy published in The Essex Antiquarian, Vol 9, 1905. Page32 ( the entry for Ambrose Blaney (Blaney-107) is footnoted as follows: The record of his birth gives his name "Andrews," and the name was corrupted to "Ambrose." This seems reasonable as his mother's maiden name was Andrews and he and his brother Jedediah both named a son Andrews (or Andros). I had at first considered that his profile should use the Proper name Andrews, but on finding evidence that he signed himself Ambrose, and considering that modern genealogists would look for him as Ambrose, I felt that Ambrose should remain his WikiTree name.
posted by Jim Bowen
edited by Jim Bowen
Blaney-361 and Blany-4 are obvious duplicates. Blaney-361 is attached to the main Blaney tree, while Blany-4 is not. Blany-4 lists a wife and two daughters with what appear to be good citations, though I have not followed them up. Blaney-361 lists no spouse or children.

Neither Blaney-361 nor Blany-4 has a profile mananger, so no problem carrying out a merge. I have never done a merge, so I hesitate to do so myself without first studying the process.

posted by Jim Bowen
edited by Jim Bowen

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