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The Graney Name

 

What is in a name?  If your name is Smith, Jones or Patel you will probably not understand this at all but I have never met a stranger who carried the same family name as me.  All the Graneys I know are close relations.  If you are a GRANEY I would be interested in hearing from you.

Different names, certainly those in use in the English speaking world have different origins. Sometimes the same name will have been arrived at in different ways. Many names appear to have, obvious origins, Goldsmith for instance. Others need a bit more translation or may have origins lost in the mists of antiquity.

The Graney name is, I believe almost certainly Irish. Brian Graney Believes so too, see his Graney Page at http://www.rixton236.freeserve.co.uk/graney.htm ., and I agree with him. At least I prefer his theory to a simplistic dictionary view. The only place that I know of, and I stand to be corrected, that the word Graney appears in a dictionary is in the Manx language. I choose, because I can, not to believe that this is the origin of our name. (I'm not even going to tell you what it is, you will have to look it up for yourself!)

Some people search for coats of arms that goo with their family name. In fact there is one which, according to an American publisher, Graney's have used in the past. I have a slightly odd attitude about that sort of thing. Apart from the fact that I am not too fond of the landed gentry per se I would not feel happy about displaying or using an emblem I was not entitled to. So I do not produce that here either. I am fond of the Gal Greine, the Sunburst Flag of the Irish Fianna see http://www.fotw.net/flags/ie-sun.html . I don't believe that anyone will mind if I use my own version of it which is a little brighter than the traditional one.

 

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