. The original Gaelic form of the name Ronay is O Ruanaidh.
, formerly known as county St Mirren.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ronay research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1079 and 1288 are included under the topic Early Ronay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Ronay family name include O'Rooney, Rooney, Roony, Roonay, Roney and others.
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Ronay name: Charles, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Thomas and William Roney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870; Anthony, Bernard, Denis, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas and William Rooney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..