Many variations of the name Mooneyham have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Manachain, which is derived from the word "manach," which means "monk."
Early Origins of the Mooneyham family
The surname Mooneyham was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Mooneyham family
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Mooneyham 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 Mooneyham that are preserved in archival documents are Monaghan
, Monahan, Monagham, Monahon, Monagan, Mongan, Monaugher, Monck and many more.
Early Notables of the Mooneyham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mooneyham family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Mooneyham:
Mooneyham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henry F. Mooneyham, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
- Henry G. Mooneyham, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Mooneyham (post 1700)
- Walter Stanley Mooneyham (1926-1991), American Editor of the Journal United Evangelical Action
- William "Bill" Craig Mooneyham (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball pitcher