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

Early Origins of the Mooney family

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.

Early History of the Mooney family

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Mooney Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Mooney family (pre 1700)

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United States Mooney migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 [1]
Mooney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Mooney, who landed in America in 1800 [1]
  • James Mooney, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810 [1]
  • Bridget Mooney, who landed in Newport, Rhode Island in 1811 [1]
  • Martin Mooney, aged 40, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • Cornelius Mooney, aged 43, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mooney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • James Mooney was a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1782 [2]
  • Bartholomew Mooney, an Irish convict settled in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1789 [2]
Mooney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pat Mooney, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1810 [2]
  • Eleanor Mooney, from County Waterford, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1828 [2]
  • David Mooney, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Betty Mooney, aged 50, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Mathias Mooney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mooney migration to Australia +

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

Mooney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr.Richard Mooney, (b. 1799), aged 20, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life , transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn", listed as possible died in 1819 when drowned [3]
  • Mr.Terence Mooney, (b. 1789), aged 30, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life , transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn" [3]
  • John Mooney, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Cecelia Mooney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]
  • Letitia Mooney, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mooney migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mooney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Mooney, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Ann Mooney, British settler travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [5]
  • Mr. Edward Mooney, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Mooney, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [6]
  • Mr. James Mooney, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Anne Longton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th October 1857 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mooney (post 1700) +

  • John Joseph Mooney (1930-2020), American chemical engineer who was co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter
  • 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
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Susan M.  Mooney (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mr. James J.  Mooney (1888-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mrs. Susan M.  Mooney (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Mooney, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. A E Mooney, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Paul Mooney (1913-1939), British Cook (S) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Mooney +

  • 786 Mooney-Garner Ancestry by George W. Mooney, The Applings, the Mooneys, Through the Years, 1685-1976 by Esther Gambrell Deviney.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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