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

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The surname Mooney 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.

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Mooney were encountered in the archives: Mooney, Moony, O'Mooney, Meeny, O'Meany, Meany, O'Meeny, O'Mainy, Meaney and many more.


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

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Mooney family came to North America quite early:

Mooney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Mooney, who landed in Virginia in 1715

Mooney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Mooney, who landed in America in 1800
  • James Mooney, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Bridget Mooney, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811
  • Martin Mooney, aged 40, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Cornelius Mooney, aged 43, arrived in Maryland in 1812
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Mooney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lawrence Mooney, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Will Mooney was a laborer in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1779
  • James Mooney was a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1782
  • Bartholomew Mooney, an Irish convict settled in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1789

Mooney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Pat Mooney settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1810
  • Eleanor Mooney, from County Waterford, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1828
  • David Mooney, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Betty Mooney, aged 50, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Mathias Mooney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
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Mooney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Mooney, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Cecelia Mooney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Letitia Mooney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Jane Mooney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
  • Thomas Mooney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
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Mooney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Mooney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Thomas Mooney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • William Mooney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Margaret Mooney a housekeeper, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • Catherine Mooney, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
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  • John J. "J.D." Mooney (d. 1966), American jockey and trainer who won the 1924 Kentucky Derby
  • Paul A. Mooney (1975-1987), American sports executive, President of the Boston Bruins and Boston Garden
  • Art Mooney (1911-1993), American bandleader whose biggest hits were "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" and "Baby Face" and "Nuttin' For Christmas"
  • Edward Aloysius Mooney (1882-1958), American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Harold "Hal" Mooney (1911-1995), American composer and arranger who in his later years became famous as a musical director for shows of the 1970s, including Columbo, Marcus Welby, M.D., Ellery Queen and The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Joe Mooney (1911-1975), American jazz and pop accordionist and organist, active in the 1930s through the 1940s
  • Paul Mooney (b. 1941), stage name of Paul Gladney, American comedian, writer, social critic, television and film actor
  • Thomas Joseph "Tom" Mooney (1882-1942), American political activist and labor leader, generally believed to have been wrongfully convicted of the San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916
  • James Noel "Jim" Mooney (1919-2008), American comic book artist best known for his work with DC Comics
  • Melvin Mooney (1893-1968), American physicist and rheologist
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Mooney Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Susan M.  Mooney (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James J.  Mooney (1888-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Susan M.  Mooney (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Mooney, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. A E Mooney, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • Mooney-Garner Ancestry by George W. Mooney.
  • The Applings, the Mooneys, Through the Years, 1685-1976 by Esther Gambrell Deviney.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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