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Gender: Female Meaning of Tierney: "descendent of a lord" Origin of Tierney: Irish

The name Tierney is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "descendent of a lord". Tierney and is often added to lists like Surname Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

An uncommon Irish-accented surname that seems particularly well suited to a girl. Tierney Sutton is a well-known jazz singer. Tierney, in its original Tiarnach form, was the name of several saints. It can also join the ranks of Old Hollywood names, via the haunting actress Gene Tierney. ER actress Maura Tierney is a current surname bearer.

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Famous People Named Tierney

Tierney Gearon, American photographer
Tierney Sutton, American jazz singer
Tierney Thys, American biologist and explorer
Gene Tierney, American actress
Maura Tierney, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Tierney

Tierneigh, Tiernie, Tiernan


-EagleEyes- Says:


I know someone with this name who pronounces it like Tyranny. I love the spelling, except I don't think I'd ever be able to hear anything else.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Nameberry says it's TEAR-nee, I think. They could be wrong, though. That pronunciation makes me dislike this name a lot.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Maybe I'm pronouncing it wrong but I hear Terinee not Tyranny.

AriellaBar Says:


I like the sound and the association with the jazz musician. I imagine someone with a soft Irish lilt saying it.

TaliaCat Says:


Almost all names are going to sound like some word that has a negative connotation

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's subjective.

Bobcat108 Says:


I had never thought of "tyranny" until you all mentioned it, but I still love the name. It reminds me of a college professor (he taught a Shakespeare class that I loved) as well as Hawkeye from M*A*S*H* (he loved Gene Tierney's underbite ;) ).

Kirsty Winyard Says:


Well, what's the appeal to any name?

jordalini Says:


Always misread this as tyranny..

jan11th Says:


I would deffo re-name myself this. I totally see myself with this name on my instagram profile title lol

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I dislike this name. Eveyone thinks it sounds nice, but y it just grates in my nerves. What's the appeal? In my opinion, there are bettrr names out there.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I does sound too much like Tyranny. I don't know how anyone could not hear it.

MaryKathryn Says:


I pronounce is tear-knee, but I don't hear tyranny at all.

Sunshine.10 Says:


What is the proper pronunciation? I say it tear (rhymes with ear)-knee. It is a pretty name, but I can definitely see the sound similarities with tyranny. Kind of like the name Parvati sounds like poverty.

MaryKathryn Says:


I was about to leave the same exact comment and, if you pronounce it the right way, there is no way you could mishear Tierney for tyranny.

watermellie Says:


I have a teacher whose last name is Tierney. I never thought of it as tyranny, but I see it. I think it's pretty, though.

KiwiMarie Says:


I have a friend named Tierney (her mother's maiden name) and it gets misheard as tyranny often. Well worth the effort though. It's incredibly charming and lighthearted on a girl.

IrieIris Says:


I have problems with this name. I think it has a lovely sound, but it sounds too much like tyranny. Thoughts?