Origin of the Name Rigney
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 Rigney
include Rigny, Reaney, Reany, McReyney and Rainey. This name in Irish is O'Raigne and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from County Offaly.
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.
This sept from County Offaly were associated with the Barony of Garrycastle. The name is first recorded as O'Raighne, a name which was mentioned in the Four Masters as hailing from Garrycastle in the year 1542, and also in all relevant Fiants from that date. The placename Clonyrina, in the Barony of Rathconrath was originally 'Cluain Ui Raighne', meaning 'Reany's Meadow'. Rigney also occurs in the sixteenth century with the prefix 'Mac' as MacRegnie and MacCrayney.
The Rigney 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 Rigney descendants.