Show ContentsMulroney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gaelic name used by the Mulroney family in ancient Ireland was O Maolruanaidh, which means descendant of Ruanaidh or descendant of Rooney.

Early Origins of the Mulroney family

The surname Mulroney was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Mulroney family

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Mulroney Spelling Variations

Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Mulroney were found in the archives researched. These included Moroney, Mulroney, Maroney, Morooney, Mulrooney, Mullrooney, Marooney and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulroney family

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United States Mulroney migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Mulroney or a variant listed above:

Mulroney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Mulroney, aged 60, who arrived in America, in 1896
Mulroney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Mulroney, aged 30, who arrived in America from Pen Ross, Ireland, in 1907
  • Lizzie Mulroney, aged 22, who arrived in America from Callan, Ireland, in 1908
  • Luke Mulroney, aged 17, who arrived in America from Shanakiel, Ireland, in 1910
  • Patrick Mulroney, aged 23, who arrived in America from Dromahair, Ireland, in 1910
  • Stephen Mulroney, aged 29, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mulroney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mulroney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Mulroney was married in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1842 [1]
  • Mr. James Mulroney, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulroney (post 1700) +

  • Dermot Mulroney (b. 1963), American actor and director, known for his roles in Young Guns, Where the Day Takes You, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Last Outlaw and About Schmidt
  • Kieran Mulroney (b. 1965), American television actor and musician
  • Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (b. 1976), Canadian television host, and is the oldest son of Brian Mulroney
  • Milica "Mila" Mulroney (b. 1953), born Milica Pivnicki, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993), director of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Prime Minister Martin Brian Mulroney PC, CC, GOQ, (b. 1939), Canadian politician and businessman, 18th Prime Minister of Canada from 1984-1993, Leader of the Opposition (1983-1984), Member of Parliament for Central Nova (1983-1984)

  1. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 48) on Facebook