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

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Roney is O Ruanaidh.

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Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Roney family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Rooney, Rooney, Roony, Roonay, Roney and others.

First found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roney research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1079 and 1288 are included under the topic Early Roney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Roney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Roney or a variant listed above:

Roney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Roney, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Daniel Roney, aged 24, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805
  • Catherine Roney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Patrick Roney, aged 28, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1837
  • Arthur Roney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852


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  • Paul Hitch Roney (1921-2006), United States federal judge
  • Matthew Stephen Roney (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Wallace Roney (b. 1960), American hard bop and post-bop trumpeter
  • Antoine Roney (b. 1963), American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist
  • Shanti Grau Roney (b. 1970), Swedish actor
  • Marimba Roney (b. 1976), Swedish journalist and television host
  • Peter Roney (1887-1930), British professional footballer


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