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O'Rooney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Rooney is O Ruanaidh.

Early Origins of the O'Rooney family

The surname O'Rooney was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren.

Early History of the O'Rooney family

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O'Rooney 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 O'Rooney family name. Variations found include O'Rooney, Rooney, Roony, Roonay, Roney and others.

Early Notables of the O'Rooney family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Rooney family to the New World and Oceana

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the O'Rooney family in North America: Charles, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Thomas and William Roney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870; Anthony, Bernard, Denis, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas and William Rooney all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..

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