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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mahoney research. Another 357 words (26 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.

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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mahoney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Mary Mahoney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • James Mahoney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Cornelius Mahoney, who landed in New Jersey in 1775

Mahoney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Mahoney, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1841
  • Florence Mahoney, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • J Mahoney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • D Mahoney, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Micheal Mahoney, who arrived in Arkansas in 1854


Mahoney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Maurice Mahoney settled in Bonavista in 1814
  • Francis Mahoney, aged 17, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Anne Mahoney settled in Barrow Harbour in 1863

Mahoney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Mahoney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840
  • Ann Mahoney, aged 23, Irish convict from Limerick, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Honora Mahoney, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"
  • Murtogh Mahoney, aged 34, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"
  • Edward Mahoney, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"


Mahoney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Mahoney landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • T Mahoney landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Stephen Mahoney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • David Mahoney, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Maria Mahoney, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864


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  • 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
  • Suzanne Marie Mahoney (b. 1946), American actress, birth name of Suzanne Somers
  • Peter Paul Mahoney (1848-1889), American politician, a U.S. Representative from New York (1885-1889)
  • Timothy Edward Mahoney (b. 1956), American politician, a U.S. Representative for Florida

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The Mahoney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mahoney 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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