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Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Meaney as O Maonaigh. This is derived from the word maonach, meaning wealthy.

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The surname Meaney was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Meaney include Mooney, Moony, O'Mooney, Meeny, O'Meany, Meany, O'Meeny, O'Mainy, Meaney and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meaney research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Meaney, aged 22, landed in Quebec in 1833

Meaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Meaney, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth"
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  • Kevin Gerard Meaney (b. 1956), American stand-up comedian and actor
  • William S. Meaney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1932
  • John J. Meaney, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Orange and West Haven, 1940
  • J. Clifford Meaney, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport; Elected 1930
  • Colm J. Meaney (b. 1953), Irish actor second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in Star Trek episodes
  • John Meaney (b. 1957), British science fiction author
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Meaney Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Peter Meaney, American 3rd Class passenger from Thomas, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Meaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meaney 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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