Meeney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Meeney family

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.

Important Dates for the Meeney family

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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.

Early Notables of the Meeney family (pre 1700)

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Meeney migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meeney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Meeney, aged 14, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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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