The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Mehaney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Mathghamhna, which is derived from the word mathghamhan, which means bear. The modern spelling is O Mahúna.
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of
from ancient times.
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The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Mehaney family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Mahoney, O'Mahoney, O'Mahony, Mahony and others.