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.

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 2 April 2023

Blaney name- Wikitree= 826

Blayney name- Wikitree= 455

Blany name- Wikitree- 3

Blaney/Blayney/Blany name- Family Search=297,015

Blaney name- Find A Grave=5008

Blayney name- Find a Grave=1077

Blany name- Find a Grave- 44

Blaney/Blayney/Blany name- 566,543

  • Name Origins

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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Blaney is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

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