Mahoney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Mahoney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mathghamhna, which is derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear. The modern spelling is O Mahúna.

Early Origins of the Mahoney family

The surname Mahoney was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

"The O'Mahonys were anciently located in Cork and Kerry, where they were powerful Chiefs and sometimes styled Princes. They had several castles along the sea-coast. In County Cork an O'Mahony was Lord of Ivaugh, in the Barony of West Carbery, and an O'Mahony was Chief in Kinalea Barony. In County Kerry there was a Chief of the name in the Barony of Iveragh, and there were O'Mahonys in the Barony of Clanmaurice. The majority of persons of the name of Mahony or O'Mahony are still found in these two counties." [1]

Early History of the Mahoney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahoney research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1639, 1679 and 1987 are included under the topic Early Mahoney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mahoney Spelling Variations

The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Mahoney some of these variations included: Mahoney, O'Mahoney, O'Mahony, Mahony and others.

Early Notables of the Mahoney family (pre 1700)

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United States Mahoney migration to the United States +

Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Mahoney:

Mahoney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lawrence Mahoney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
  • Mary Mahoney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [2]
  • James Mahoney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Cornelius Mahoney, who landed in New Jersey in 1775 [2]
Mahoney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Mahoney, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1841 [2]
  • Florence Mahoney, aged 25, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [2]
  • J Mahoney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • D Mahoney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Micheal Mahoney, who arrived in Arkansas in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mahoney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mahoney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Maurice Mahoney, who settled in Bonavista in 1814
  • Francis Mahoney, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mrs. Catherine Mahoney, aged 28 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wakefield" departing 28th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 12th July 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Daniel Mahoney, aged 23 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing 29th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. David Mahoney, aged 25 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing 13th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 8th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mahoney migration to Australia +

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

Mahoney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Julia Mahoney, English Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Daniel Mahoney, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Patrick Mahoney, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Patrick Mahoney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [6]
  • Ann Mahoney, aged 23, Irish convict from Limerick, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mahoney 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:

Mahoney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Mahoney, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • T Mahoney, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Michael Mahoney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th June 1854 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Mahoney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th June 1854 [8]
  • Miss Joanna Mahoney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 24th June 1854 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mahoney (post 1700) +

  • Edward Joseph Mahoney (1949-2019), birth name of Eddie Money, an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who had a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums, known for songs like "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Think I'm in Love" and more
  • John Mahoney (1940-2018), English-born, American two-time Golden Globe nominated stage, film, voice and television actor, born in Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, England, best known for his role as the crusty blue-collar patriarch Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier (1993-2004)
  • Robert D. Mahoney (1921-2017), American politician, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives (1955-1972)
  • Balls Mahoney (1972-2016), ring name of Jonathan Rechner, an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling
  • George Mahoney (b. 1865), American fireman first class serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Emily Marie Mahoney (1924-2016), American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder who played from 1947 through 1948 in the
  • Mark Mahoney, American Journalist awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing
  • Joan Mahoney (b. 1943), American legal, Dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan (1998-2003) and Dean of Western New England College School of Law (1994-1996)
  • William B. Mahoney (1912-2004), American prize-winning journalist and writer
  • John Christopher Mahoney (1882-1952), Irish-born, American federal judge
  • ... (Another 111 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Owen Felix Mahoney, British Canteen Assistant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Stronghold [9]


  1. ^ Matheson, Robert E., Special Report on Surnames in Ireland with Notes as to Numeric Strength, Derivation, Ethnology, and Distribution. Dublin: Alexander Thom & Co., 1894. Print
  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. ^ 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. 85)
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atwick)
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arabian voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1846 with 26 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arabian/1846
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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