GROWNEY

This interesting Irish name is an anglicised form of ' Carraghamhna 'generally found as Carron or Carroon and usually prefixed ' Mac '. The name derives from 'gamhan' meaning 'calf' and 'carr' - a rock. One of the many unusual features of Growney is that it is usually prefixed ' O ' rather than ' Mac ' but this is one of the delightful complexities of Irish names.

The name originates in Co. Westmeath, being recorded in the Irish census of 1659 as O'Gramhna, although the main clan of MacCarron is almost exclusively from Ulster. 

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Margaret Growney (aged 18) which was dated 1846 on a ships register to New York from Liverpool, during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1900).

 

Birth Certificates held with our family show that a Margaret Growney had twins, Mary and James Growney, Mary was born at 4 pm and James was born at 5 pm on 24 November 1857 at Springfield Street, Liverpool. Their parents were James and Margaret Growney. Both parents signed their names with an X.

James was a general labourer and Margaret's former surname was Tully.

 

HISTORY POINT

Family names as hereditary surnames did not come into general use until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Norman's introduced National taxation to England which they called the POLL TAX (Poll=Head), in consequence the need arose for surnames for identification purposes.

Scotland, Ireland and Wales obtained formal records later than England, and this is reflected in the recording of names. All surnames of every Country have been subject to changes owing to dialect, Civil War and in many cases poor spelling!