O'Looney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Looney originally appeared in Gaelic as O Luinigh.
Early Origins of the O'Looney family
The surname O'Looney was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the O'Looney family
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O'Looney 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 O'Looney were found in the archives researched. These included Lunney, Lunnie, Looney, Loney, Lunny, O'Lunney and others.
Early Notables of the O'Looney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Looney family
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 O'Looney or a variant listed above: Hugh, John, and Pat Lunny who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1803 and 1839; Bernard, Felix, George, James and William Lunney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1856 and 1875.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Looney (post 1700) +
- Michael O'Looney, American Emmy Award nominated television reporter and actor
- Gwen O'Looney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008 
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The O'Looney Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.