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Where did the Irish Mooney family come from? What is the Irish Mooney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mooney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mooney family history?Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Mooney as O Maonaigh. This is derived from the word maonach, meaning wealthy.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Mooney were encountered in the archives: Mooney, Moony, O'Mooney, Meeny, O'Meany, Meany, O'Meeny, O'Mainy, Meaney and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mooney research. Another 383 words(27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mooney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Mooney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Mooney family came to North America quite early:
Mooney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mooney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mooney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mooney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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