The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Mahaney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mathghamhna, which is derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear. The modern spelling is O Mahúna.
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of
from ancient times.
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Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations
. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Mahaney revealed many variations, including Mahoney, O'Mahoney, O'Mahony, Mahony and others.
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families
left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Mahaney:
Mahaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Mahaney, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Lizzie Mahaney, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
- Ellen Mahaney, aged 36, who landed in America from Ballineen, in 1899
Mahaney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nellie Mahaney, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1900
- John Mahaney, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Athea, Co. Limerick, Ireland, in 1906
- Anna Mahaney, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1909
- Tomas Mahaney, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Timothy Mahaney, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1920
Mahaney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Daniel Mahaney U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 397 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA CITATION[CLOSE]
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