Looney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The saga of the Looney family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived in the lands of Clunie in Stormmot, Perthshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Looney family

The surname Looney was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Looney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Looney research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1214 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Looney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Looney Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Looney has been written Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.

Early Notables of the Looney family (pre 1700)

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Looney migration to the United States

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Looney:

Looney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James C Looney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Looney migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Looney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Looney, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [2]
  • Timothy Looney, aged 37, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]
  • Ellen Looney, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]
  • Mary Looney, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [3]

Looney migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Looney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Looney, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Margaret Looney, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Looney, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Thomas Looney, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Thomas Looney, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Looney (post 1700)

  • John Don Looney (1917-2015), American professional football end who played three seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles (1940) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1941-1942)
  • Richard Carl Looney (b. 1934), retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Joe Don Looney (1942-1988), American football running back
  • Ben Earl Looney (1904-1981), Louisiana artist and author
  • Brian James Looney (b. 1969), retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Shelley Looney (b. 1972), American ice hockey player
  • Martin M. Looney (b. 1948), American politician
  • Andrew J. Looney (b. 1963), award-winning American game designer and computer programmer
  • Thomas David Looney, Irish Labour Party politician
  • Séamus Looney (b. 1950), Irish retired sportsperson
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
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