Muldowney 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 Muldowney as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.
Early Origins of the Muldowney family
The surname Muldowney was first found in the twelfth century.
Early History of the Muldowney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muldowney research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early Muldowney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Muldowney Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Muldowney family name. Variations found include O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.
Early Notables of the Muldowney family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was the O'Dunadhaigh sept found in Luchair, the old name of a region that lay on the borders of...
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In the United States, the name Muldowney is the 15,110th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
| Muldowney migration to the United States ||+|
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Muldowney:
Muldowney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Muldowney, who settled in America when he was 38
- John Muldowney, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
- William Muldowney, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1896
- Brid. Muldowney, aged 20, who landed in America from Queenstown, in 1897
Muldowney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Sylvester J. Muldowney, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Dublin, in 1904
- Ellen Muldowney, aged 21, who settled in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1905
- Mary Muldowney, aged 19, who settled in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1907
- Sarah Muldowney, aged 19, who landed in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1908
- Michael Muldowney, aged 1, who settled in America from Ballacolla, Ireland, in 1909
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| Muldowney migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Muldowney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Muldowney, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Muldowney (post 1700) ||+|
- Paul Muldowney, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 6th District, 1994; Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 2-C, 1998 
- Michael Joseph Muldowney (1889-1947), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
- Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney (b. 1940), born Shirley Ann Roque, American "First Lady of Drag Racing", winner of 18 NHRA national events
- Dominic Muldowney (b. 1952), British composer
|Historic Events for the Muldowney family ||+|
- Master Joseph Muldowney (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917)