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Recorded in the spellins of Crany, Craney, Cranny, Creaney, Creeney, and Cranney, this interesting name is claimed by some to be Irish. Certainly it is well recorded in that country, although as it is not apparently associated with any particular area, except Ulster, this does suggest that the origin may elsewhere. Some Irish researchers have suggested that it was formerly MacCranny and derived from the Gaelic Mac Bhranaigh, which has the same sounding, whilst others incline to an English origin and a development of the medieval nickname 'Cran' meaning the crane (bird), and in England given to people who had a long neck! An alternative suggestion is that it may be a dialectal variant of a locational name such as Cranleigh in Surrey, or Cranoe in Leicestershire.

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