Cooney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Cooney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cuana, probably derived from "cuan," which means elegant.

Early Origins of the Cooney family

The surname Cooney was first found in Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, and later migrated to north Connacht.

Important Dates for the Cooney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooney research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Cooney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cooney Spelling Variations

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 Cooney family name include Cooney, O'Cooney, Counihan and others.

Early Notables of the Cooney family (pre 1700)

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Cooney migration to the United States

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 Cooney:

Cooney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Cooney, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1784 [1]
Cooney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bryan Cooney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Cooney, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • Francis Cooney, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Part Cooney, aged 12, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Pan Cooney, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cooney migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cooney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Cooney, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • William Cooney, aged 18, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Norry Cooney, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Thomas Cooney, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mrs. Catherine Cooney, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cooney migration to Australia

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

Cooney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Cooney, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [3]
  • John Cooney, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [4]
  • Margaret Cooney, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [4]
  • Biddy Cooney, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [5]
  • William Cooney, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cooney 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:

Cooney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cooney, (b. 1854), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cooney (post 1700)

  • Patrick Ronald Cooney (1934-2012), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, the third Bishop of Gaylord
  • James Cooney (1860-1903), Irish-born, American marine who received the Medal of Honor for bravery for his actions in the Boxer Rebellion
  • Mark Joseph Cooney (b. 1951), American NFL linebacker
  • James C. Cooney (d. 1800), American Sergeant of the U.S. Army who found large silver and gold reserves in the Mogollon Mountains of Catron County, New Mexico in the late 1800s
  • Gerry Cooney (b. 1956), retired American professional boxer from Huntington, New York
  • Barbara Cooney (1917-2000), American two-time Caldecott Medalist children's author and illustrator of more than 200 books
  • Joan Ganz Cooney (b. 1929), American television producer, one of the founder of Children's Television Workshop, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Walter R Cooney, American astronomer, discoverer of over 33 minor planets
  • Edward Cooney (1867-1960), Irish evangelist from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
  • Andrew Cooney (b. 1968), Irish Republican from Nenagh, County Tipperary
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cooney family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Michael Cooney Jr., English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Michael Cooney Sr., English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]

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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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