Last name: Malone

This interesting surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Maoileoin", composed of the Gaelic prefix "O", male descendant of, and "Maoileoin", devotee or follower of St. John. The surname is never found in English with the prefix "O". The Malones are an ancient sept, associated with the O'Connors of Connacht, and their principal family was for centuries associated with the Abbey of Clonmacnois to which they furnished many abbots and bishops, as Clonmacnois was an independent see before being united with Ardagh. Unlike most old Irish septs the name is not found to any great extent in their place of origin. Three Malones sat in the Parliament of 1689, three served in King James 11's army in Ireland, and eight were attainted in 1691. Elizabeth Malone married George Kenedie at St. John the Evangelist, Dublin, on October 29th 1623. Anthony Malone (1700 - 1776) was Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his brother Edmund (1704 - 1776) was an Irish M.P. and judge. A Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts a gold lion rampant between three silver mullets on a green field, with the Motto, "Fideis ad urnam" (Faithful to the tomb). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rev. William Malone (1586 - 1659), Superior of the Jesuit Mission in Ireland, which was dated circa 1600, in the "Annals of Clonmacnoise", County Offaly, Ireland, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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carmel lennon nee malone
my family originated from corballis Ballivor County Meath. They served in the Royal Irish Constabulary. I have some records of this from Kew in England where all the service records are held. I have got so far back but it is hard to make progress.

Jessica Malone
I just started my journey on finding my ancestors. :) Anyone else a member of

Julian Malone
Don't care much for the royalty and religious claptrap assc with the good name Malone, inclined to agree with the previous poster on the pre Christian lineage of our proud Irish name. Hi, to all my fellow Malones out there!

james malon
Conerning the Malone surname,Charles O Conor of Belenagare,the O Conor Don asserts the Malones of Ballinahown Westmeath,surname was established by the O Connors of Connacht grouped together with them and others under Sil Murry.

Mr O Conor further asserts the Malones of Ballinahown were for at least 500 years in chieftainship of their territory Breg Mowr and that that the Malones were residual members of that family.

james malone

Malone Abbots during the 12th century were not ordained.They were Lay Abbots,administrators or like a modern town mayor. The great O,Duffy family had the privilege to be Bishops and priests to the O Connor family and people of connacht. and carry out all religious duties. It was not until the 13th century when Malone Abbots began to be ordained and combine the two offices of Abbot and Bishop.The last Abbot mentioned in the Irish Annals was a Malone. The O,Duffys were staunch supporters of the O Connors but it was an Malone that he put in power at Clonmacnoise.A Lay Abbot was usually a political appointment by the leading dynasty at the time the O Connors. James Malone

Sandra Maloniene

In Lithuanian there two versions of this surname: male - Malonis, female - Malonienė or Malonė. Though in one of the four regions of Lithuania, in Samogitia, for male and for female goes the same surname - Malonė.

Anybody know how to say "O'Maoileoin"?

N. Malone
While I understand the difficulty in producing accurate records on the meaning of every surname, the lack of in-depth research produces inaccuracies that become fact only through continuous repetition. The inaccuracy in the origins of the surname Malone is as follows; The idea that Maol Eoin is associated with religion was contrived at a time in Ireland when it was beneficial to be associated with the growing power of the Church. Authors of family history were paid handsomely, by those wishing to be part of that power, to concoct those associations. The term Maol may well refer to "bald" in Gaelic but only as a long since lost geographical area from which the family originated. It may refer to an area lacking in trees for example, but can also be used as a substitute for "thin", which might describe a landmass such as a peninsula, or island for example. Therefore, long before Maol Eoin was born, or before the rise of the Church, the word maol was in widespread use in the gaelic language . It is easy to see how unscrupulous, and perhaps fearful, family historians could find a new meaning for "bald", that fitted well with the prevailing need to draw favor with the Church and the Church's followers; hence the shaved head of the monk scenario. The grandfather of Maol Eoin may have determined that the Church was growing in stature, and so he gave one of his sons the name Maol Iosa (MaolJesus) and directed him toward the Church: whereupon Maol Iosa became a bishop. This tradition of offering one son to the Church would continue up until recent times before the Church finally lost power in Ireland. However, although both father (Maol Iosa/Jesus) and son (Maol Eoin/John) were given Christian names, the prefix of their name (Maol) was associated with a much older tradition that was NOT associated with the Church. In recent times, although undergoing some change today, the bride loses her family name when married. However, this was not always the case. In the distant past, as a mark of respect for the family of the bride, particularly if the bride's family were more powerful than the groom's, the children were given names that included at least part of the brides family name. It is no surprise, therefore, to discover that the father of the mother of Maol Iosa (Maol Eoin's great grandfather) carried the name Mulroona (Mulrooney) a name that first appears around the year 950 as Maolrunaigh, some 200 years before Maol Eoin was born. His mothers name was Dubhcola, daughter of Mulroona McDermott, Prince of Moylurg. Therefore, Maol Eoins father, Maol Iosa, was given the still politically powerful name of Maol and the newer religiously powerful name of Jesus for a reason. It was inevitable, or perhaps pre-ordained, that he would be the family's power connection within the Church. Whether he became Bishop of Roscommon through religious piety or political clout is unclear, but he did. However, as remaining unmarried was not a prerequisite for the job he was able to produce heirs. Therefore, the family could maintain power in as many aspects of society as possible in this newly combined political-religious era. Keep in mind that Maol Iosa had 12 brothers, and 5 half brothers. His father had married three times. Their names listed every association they had to other families and to one another. However, not a bad idea to give one son the name Jesus. After all, this Church thing was growing fast. With a name like that he'd be a shoe-in when he got older. Unfortunately, creating a connection between the prefix Maol and that of a monk shaving his head is a complete fabrication of a later period and nothing less than propaganda used by the family to establish themselves as a long time religious family with legitimate authority within the power structure of the ever growing Church. The peons swallowed it. Yet, here we are today still regurgitating that propaganda as fact! No one seems to find any contradiction in the discrepancy between the translation of Maol Eoin (Malone) and that of Maolrunaigh (Mulrooney). If the former was " a devotee of St. John" then it must follow that the latter was a devotee of St. Rooney. However, to my knowledge, no such person exists. Are we beginning to grasp the game here? If you're in charge and you say its so, then all you need is a few generations for peasants that don't question it and it will become fact. We need to understand that the descendants of Maol Eoin simply had a desire to maintain their social stature as the Church gained greater and greater power over the inhabitants of Ireland. Indeed, in later centuries, one sector of the family would attempt to continue this tradition by converting to Protestantism; the ruling class in Ireland for many centuries. Their unremitting Catholic cousins would be forced from their lands, thus losing their political power. Although achieving some distinction (as listed partially on this website description) during English rule of Ireland, the Protestant sector of the family slowly dwindled away. Lack of offspring and relocation to England eventually caused the last great ruling family of the Malone's to die out in the early 1800's. Nevertheless, the name Maol Eoin/Malone had been associated with and had governed a specific area of Ireland for some 700 years up to that point; not a bad track record. With the other family members scattered across Ireland the name never again established a central political base from which to continue the tradition. So lets set the record straight and stop the misinformation.