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Before Irish names were translated into English, Moloney had a Gaelic form of O Maoldhomhnaigh, which means descendant of a servant of the Church.

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The surname Moloney was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'Moloney, were chiefs of Cuiltenan, now the parish of Kiltonanlea, in the barony of Tulla.

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Accordingly, research into the name Moloney revealed spelling variations, including Molony, Maloney, O'Maloney, O'Molony, MacLoughney and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moloney research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1925, 1865, 1949, 1900, 1976, 1937, 1601, 1690, 1726 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Moloney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent amongst the family at this time was Father Donough O'Molony who was tortured to death in 1601. John Mullowney ( c. 1690-1726) was born in Derrew, near Ballyheane, County Mayo who began his career as a horse thief and was sentenced to death in Castlebar in his youth. The Grand Jury...

Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moloney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Moloney:

Moloney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eleanor Moloney, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Eleanor Moloney settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Joseph Moloney settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

Moloney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Moloney, who landed in Michigan in 1845
  • Michael Moloney, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Thomas Moloney, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1872
  • Patrick Moloney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • William Moloney, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1887

Moloney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Francis Moloney, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Moloney, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland

Moloney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susanna Moloney, aged 15, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • John Moloney, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth"
  • Margaret Moloney, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Catherine Moloney, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Laurence Moloney (aged 25), a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
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Moloney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Moloney, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Ellen Moloney, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • J. Moloney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Ellen Moloney, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Mary Moloney, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
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  • Janel Wallace Moloney (b. 1969), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, known for The West Wing (1999), Bang Bang You're Dead (2002) and Desperate Measures (1998)
  • Frederick Moloney (b. 1880), American Olympian who won bronze for 110m hurdles at the 1900 games
  • Terry Moloney (b. 1969), American writer, producer, director and editor
  • William Arthur Moloney (1876-1915), American track and field athlete
  • Michael C. Moloney (b. 1963), American Decorator and television personality
  • Frederick Graham “Fred” Moloney (1882-1941), American athlete
  • Janel Moloney (b. 1969), American actress
  • Michael R. Moloney, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 13th District; Elected 1975; Elected unopposed 1979, 1983, 1988
  • Michael J. Moloney, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 12th District, 1998, 2002
  • John J. Moloney (b. 1904), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1952-55, 1960-63; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1966
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    Other References

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    10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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