Loney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Loney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Luinigh.

Early Origins of the Loney family

The surname Loney was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Loney family

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Loney Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Loney revealed spelling variations, including Lunney, Lunnie, Looney, Loney, Lunny, O'Lunney and others.

Early Notables of the Loney family (pre 1700)

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Loney Ranking

In the United States, the name Loney is the 7,822nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Loney migration to the United States +

Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Loney were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Loney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Titur Loney, who landed in Maryland in 1742-1743 [2]
Loney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fani Loney, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1892
  • John Loney, aged 36, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1893
  • Eliza Loney, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Allen D. Loney, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Henry Edward Loney, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
Loney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Catherine Loney, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Frederick R. Loney, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Mr. Allen Dormellan Loney, aged 35, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • Mrs. A. D. Loney, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1907
  • John Loney, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Matlock, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Loney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Loney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Loney U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Australia Loney migration to Australia +

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

Loney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Loney, (Lowry), (b. 1780), aged 40, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Loney, Scottish convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • John Loney, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]

New Zealand Loney 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:

Loney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Loney, (b. 1844), aged 19, Irish farm labourer, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [7]
  • Miss Ann Loney, (b. 1846), aged 17, Irish domestic servant, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [7]
  • Miss Jane Loney, (b. 1848), aged 15, Irish domestic servant, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [7]
  • Miss Annie Loney, (b. 1838), aged 25, Irish domestic servant, from County Cork travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [7]
  • Mr. Joseph Loney, (b. 1841), aged 22, English farm labourer from Cheshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Loney (post 1700) +

  • Cleve Loney (1950-2020), American politician, Member of the Montana House of Representatives (2011-2013)
  • Steve Loney (b. 1952), American football coach
  • James Anthony Loney (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball first baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Ryan A. Loney, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008 [8]
  • Marvin D. Loney, American politician, Mayor of Lompoc, California, 1986-90 [8]
  • Daniel J. Loney, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956 [8]
  • Glenn Meredith Loney, American educator, author, and critic, New York City, New York
  • William "Willie" Loney (1879-1956), Scottish footballer
  • Escott Frith Loney (1903-1982), English first class cricketer for Derbyshire from 1925 to 1927
  • Alan Perress Loney (b. 1940), New Zealand writer, poet, editor, publisher and letterpress printer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Catharine Wolfe Loney, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA going to England to work in the British Amulance Corps, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]
  • Miss Virginia Bruce Loney, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14 [9]
  • Mr. Allen Donnellan Loney, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA going to England to work in the British Amulance Corps, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]


The Loney Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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