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Language(s) Gaelic
Region of origin Ireland
Meaning descendant of advocate

Cagney is an Irish patronymic surname of Gaelic origin. In Gaelic, the name is Ó Caingne, and means "grandson of advocate", from caingean "legal dispute."[1][2]

In modern times, it can be a male or female given name.[3]


  • James Cagney (1899–1986), Academy Award winning actor
  • Jeanne Cagney (1919–1984), his sister and actress
  • William Cagney (1905–1988), his brother and an American film producer and actor
  • Mark Cagney (born 1956), Irish breakfast television broadcaster

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  1. ^ Irish Ancestors / Surnames,
  2. ^ Partick Woulfe, Irish Names and Surnames, Genealogical Publishing, 1993. ISBN 978-0-8063-0381-9
  3. ^