Origin of the Name MacGrane
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McGrane
include Greaney, McGranny, Granny and Grane. This name in Irish is O'Grainne and Mag Raighne and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of these Gaelic names. This sept came from Munster .
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. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
A very early record of the name can be found in the 'Justiciary Rolls' in the year 1313 in the person of Rawenyld O'Grayne who was acquitted by a jury in County Cork . In Connacht families of the name are often called MacGraney and it is in that Province that a Rory MacGraney of Tullylish, County Down is recorded. He was a Jacobite and was outlawed after the Battle of the Bon in 1690. The form Granny is found in Donegal, mainly Inishowen and adjacent parts of County Derry. As McGran the name appears in the Hearth Money Rolls for County Tyrone in 1664. A Fiant dated 1559 records a pardon to a Johanne MacGrane of the Shepe Grange, County Louth.
The MacGrane coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all MacGrane descendants.