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Where did the Irish Mooneyham family come from? What is the Irish Mooneyham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mooneyham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mooneyham family history?

Many variations of the name Mooneyham have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Manachain, which is derived from the word "manach," which means "monk."

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People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Mooneyham that are preserved in archival documents are Monaghan, Monahan, Monagham, Monahon, Monagan, Mongan, Monaugher, Monck and many more.

First found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mooneyham research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Mooneyham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mooneyham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Mooneyham:

Mooneyham Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry F. Mooneyham, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Henry G. Mooneyham, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1921

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  • William "Bill" Craig Mooneyham (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Walter Stanley Mooneyham (1926-1991), American Editor of the Journal United Evangelical Action


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The Mooneyham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mooneyham 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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