HERNEY in Canada (85% in Nova Scotia)
I am not related in any way to this surname, but thought you might be interested to know that out of 32 million people in Canada, the phone listings show only 13 HERNEY names - and of those, 11 are in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Of those 11, almost all are found in Eskasoni (ess-kah-SO-nee), which is a First Nations (native) community of the Mi'kmaq (MEEG-maw) people of Eastern Canada. The others are nearby around the city of Sydney, NS.
Nova Scotia was often the first place where people from Europe set foot in North America. This started with the French in 1604, followed by English, Irish, and Scots for hundreds of years. During the American Revolution, those who wanted to stay loyal to the King of England came to Nova Scotia. Some adapted very successfully, but many found the climate too cold and the soil too poor for farming, so they headed west and south during the 1800's and 1900's.
Nova Scotia's economy has always been based on primary resources (forestry, fishery, farming, and mining) and
'one horse towns'. After the horse left the barn, whole communities migrated to other parts of Canada and the USA, never to return. Is this what may have happened to the HERNEY surnames ?
By the way, today the young people in Eastern Canada are moving by the 1000's every month to the 'boom economies' of Alberta (oil & gas), British Columbia (forest products & mining), and north to Nunavut (NOO-nah-voot), the Yukon and North-West Territories where you can find diamonds, gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc in huge quanitities. All these places are the 'hot spots' in Canada today.
The other 2 HERNEY phone listings are on the Pacific coast of Canada, 5000 miles away from Nova Scotis, in the province of British Columbia. How did they get way out there ?