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

Looney Early Origins



The surname Looney 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.

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Looney Spelling Variations


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Looney Spelling Variations



The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Lunney, Lunnie, Looney, Loney, Lunny, O'Lunney and others.

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Looney Early History


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Looney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Looney research. Another 378 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Looney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Looney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Looney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Looney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Looney:

Looney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James C Looney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Looney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Looney, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"
  • Timothy Looney, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"
  • Ellen Looney, aged 15, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"
  • Mary Looney, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light"

Looney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Looney, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Margaret Looney, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Looney, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Thomas Looney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Thomas Looney, aged 35, a labourer, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Looney (post 1700)


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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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Suggested Readings for the name Looney


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Suggested Readings for the name Looney



  • Looney Family Tree by Paul Looney.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    The Looney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Looney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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