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

Meeney Early Origins



The surname Meeney 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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Meeney Spelling Variations


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Meeney Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Meeney that are preserved in archival documents are Mooney, Moony, O'Mooney, Meeny, O'Meany, Meany, O'Meeny, O'Mainy, Meaney and many more.

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Meeney Early History


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Meeney Early History



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

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Meeney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meeney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Meeney 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meeney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meeney, aged 14, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meeney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meeney (post 1700)



  • Briston Meeney (b. 1981), American actor, known for Sense Memory (2006), Dorito-hibition! (2010) and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)

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Meeney Family Crest Products


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Meeney Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Meeney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meeney 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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