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Where did the Irish Maloney family come from? What is the Irish Maloney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maloney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maloney family history?

Before Irish names were translated into English, Maloney had a Gaelic form of O Maoldhomhnaigh, which means descendant of a servant of the Church.


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 Maloney revealed many variations, including Molony, Maloney, O'Maloney, O'Molony, MacLoughney and many more.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'Moloney, were chiefs of Cuiltenan, now the parish of Kiltonanlea, in the barony of Tulla.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maloney research. Another 449 words(32 lines of text) covering the years 1601 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Maloney History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Maloney or one of its variants:

Maloney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Maloney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Maloney, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • Lawrence Maloney, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1840
  • David Maloney, aged 29, landed in Missouri in 1849
  • John Maloney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

Maloney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Con Maloney, who landed in Mississippi in 1902
  • Francis Maloney, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902

Maloney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexr Maloney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Maloney, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Andrew Maloney settled in St. John's about 1782

Maloney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jos Maloney, who landed in Canada in 1820

Maloney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Maloney, aged 18, Irish convict from Limerick, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John J. Maloney, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • M Maloney, aged 43, a needlewoman, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • Bridget Maloney, aged 21, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Honor Maloney, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"

Maloney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Maloney, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Marie Maloney, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Hannah Maloney, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Bridget Maloney, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Maria Maloney, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864


  • Carolyn B. Maloney (b. 1948), American politician, U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district
  • Charles Garrett Maloney (1913-2006), American Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Frank Richard Maloney (b. 1945), American writer and poet
  • Franklin J. Maloney (1899-1958), American politician from Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative
  • Kristen Maloney (b. 1981), American bronze medalist gymnast at the 2000 Olympic Games
  • Francis Thomas Maloney (1894-1945), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1933 to 1935
  • Michael John Maloney, English Headmaster, Welbeck College, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • Dan Maloney (b. 1950), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Michael Maloney (b. 1957), English actor
  • David John Lee Maloney (1933-2006), British television director and producer



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