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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 Meany as O Maonaigh. This is derived from the word maonach, meaning wealthy.

Meany Early Origins



The surname Meany 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.

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Meany Spelling Variations


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Meany Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Meany family name include Mooney, Moony, O'Mooney, Meeny, O'Meany, Meany, O'Meeny, O'Mainy, Meaney and many more.

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Meany Early History


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Meany Early History



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

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Meany Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meany Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Meany:

Meany Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George F Meany, aged 32, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • John Meany, aged 14, landed in New York in 1854
  • Ellen Meany, aged 13, landed in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Meany, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Margaret Meany, who arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meany Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Meany, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1776

Meany Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Meany, aged 30, Irish convict from County Tipperary, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Judith Meany, aged 20, Irish convict from Limerick, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Jerry Meany, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide"
  • Michael Meany, aged 39, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Pat. Meany, aged 16, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meany (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meany (post 1700)



  • George Meany (1894-1980), American labour leader and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Edward P. Meany, American Democrat politician, Chair of Morris County Democratic Party, 1914
  • Edward A. Meany Jr. (b. 1920), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1964 ; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1966

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Meany Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meany 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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