Clooney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Clooney family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called 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 Clooney family

The surname Clooney 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 Clooney family

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Clooney Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Clooney has been spelled Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.

Early Notables of the Clooney family (pre 1700)

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Clooney migration to Canada

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Clooney:

Clooney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Clooney, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Richard Clooney, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Thomas Clooney, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland

Clooney migration to Australia

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

Clooney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Clooney, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [1]
  • Margaret Clooney, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Clooney 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:

Clooney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William M. Clooney a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Clooney (post 1700)

  • Nicholas Clooney (b. 1934), American television journalist, anchorman and game show host
  • Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002), American popular entertainer
  • George Clooney (b. 1961), Academy Award-winning American actor
  • Nicholas Clooney (b. 1934), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 2004 [2]
  • John E. Clooney, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1912; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/northernlight1855.shtml
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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