Last name: Mooney

Recorded in many spellings including: O'Mooney, Meeny, Meany, Mooney, Money, O' Moeney and others this is an Irish surname. However spelt it is a form of the pre 10th century Gaelic O' Maonaigh. The prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname Maonach, literally meaning wealthy, treasured or beloved, a name of endearment. Four distinct septs of this name arose in Ireland. The first belonged to the parish of Ardara, dioceses of Raphoe, Co. Donegal, where they held church property from generation to generation. This sept claims descent from one, Monach, son of Ailioll Mor of Ulster. The Mooneys of Co. Offaly were for centuries the custodians of the shrine of St. Monahan in the parish of Lemanaghan, and gave their name to the townland of Ballymooney. Four townlands called Ballymeeny in Easky, County Sligo, locate the third sept, and finally there was a Munster sept of the name, known in modern times as Mainey. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Father Donagh Mooneyin 1615. He was the Provincial of the Irish Franciscans, and as such he was the official guardian of the young Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell at Louvain. This was during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes 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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Bryttani Mooney
Ok. So my dad told me a story about how I am somehow a direct descendant of the right hand man of Black Beard. Im not sure if that is on the Mooney side of my family or the Keeling side. So if anybody has any information on that, I would LOVE to hear about it:) I am a LDS member, so I would suggest using if you want to research. By the way, if anyone has any good stories about the Lunt name, I would love to hear them! Thanks everyone!!!

Taylor nida

Hi, my name is Taylor and my family and I just moved into a home. In the home there is a chest we got the chest open and I've been trying to figure out how to find a grandchild or some sort because inside of the chest is old family pictures her name was Frances E. Mooney if you or someone in your family is some how conected please comment back!

Kimberly Wolfort
Hello to all you Mooney's out there. I've been doing family research for the past 12 very difficult for me to locate our Mooney's who originally came from 40 miles of Dundee, Scotland. Evidently Felix (b. 1847) and Ned Mooney, (born in Ireland, after their predecessors had moved from Scotland to Ireland) were sea captains and emigrated to New York City. Felix served in the U.S. Civil War for the Union side in a volunteer infantry division. Ned owned his own ship and brought cargo (lots of lumber, trees) into the port of New York and into the port of Galveston, Texas. My granddad spoke of them often; of Felix's wife, Bridget (b. 1848), and their children. Their daughter Agnes (1876) owned an antiques shop in NYC. Another daughter, Annie (1873), worked for one of her sisters who was a milinist (ladies hat maker). Their other children were Catherine (1869), Mary (1870) ,John (1877) & Bridget (1878). I Anna Monney's parents were unhappy about her marrying William Wolfortt in NYC, as he was a Catholic. They virtually disowned her for this reason. Anyhow, if you're interested in finding any of these folks or have information that might help me further my research, please visit my family tree at; It is listed under Kimberly Wolfort or you may email me at Cheers!

Tyler Mooney
I like my last name its cool i would like to meat my relatives on this website i live in east texas

Eston Mooney
What part of East Texas, as that is where I live also.

Jared Mooney
Im Jared Mooney and I actually kept my mothers maiden name, but she is LDS and apparently they have a great genealogy library and was able to find out that a Donald Mooney being a granfather of mine stepped of the boat a from Ireland in the mid 1800s. Her only sister resides in Michigan and that is where they grew up. I on the otherhand live in Arizona and love my last name. My wife is Welsh and and a ginger, we tease my son that one day he with own a pub being as I named him Finnighan!! Feel free to trade stories

chris mooney
With reference to the heading on this page O'Maonaigh, it seems it is so difficult for family history websites to get it right, once and for all. Forget that apostrophe O'. In the Irish language Ó is a one-letter word and means 'descendant', or sometimes grandson'. It does NOT mean 'descendant of' or 'grandson of'. The following ancestral name Maonach is in the possessive or genitive case and so it changes the sound and the spelling [it's a grammatical rule]. Ó Maonaigh is best translated as Maonach's descendant. Similarly Mac means 'son', not 'son of', the same rule applies. EG: Mac Cárthaigh means Cárthach's son.

John Moonie`
My name is John Moonie and I am from Perth in Scotland. As I understand it the oriiginal John Mooney arrived in Carnoustie in Angus around 1832. The name changed to Moonie to differentiate between the Catholic original Mooney name and the Protestant Moonie one. All seems a bit irrelevant now but was important at the time for employment prospects etc. My uncle William Moonie did some genealogical research hence the above, but was baulked by the destruction of Registry records in Dublin - the main source of information now seems to be parish records.

Maria Mooney
my name is Maria Mooney from St. Louis, MO, USA i would really like to trace my family tree and have always wanted to go to ireland.

come on down so, i'll be waiting, but not in a freaky way

Nina Mooney-Lewis
My name is Nina Mooney from St. Louis, MO. My race is black so im sure my ancestors were property of the 'Mooney' family as slaves would usually take on the surname of their owners. I would like to know more about my family history though.

Joseph Mooney

James Mooney

I've never found a Mooney plantation owner. I guess you could search for such plantation, or slave owner. Your family could also come from the Caribbean Sea. There is an island in the Caribbean Sea, where the British sent Irish. The Irish mixed with the Blacks, and the Blacks speak with an Irish Brogue. If they came from this Island, then you might have direct Mooney blood. Sometimes the Slave Owners didn't have children with their slaves. My great grand father had to leave town, and live in New Orleans in the 1890's.

dontrell moaney
my name is dontrell moaney from trappe maryland and i'm technically mixed(due to origin) but my skin color is brown and i'm hoping someone can help me find the out the reason for how my last name is spelt

Marty Mooney
My name is Orus Mooney Jr. from Decatur Texas. I have always loved our family name and would enjoy hearing from any who are researching it. E-mail me at

Bethany (Mooney) DeWitt

Hey there, I am Bethany DeWitt (Marty Mooney's niece) and I am very interested in any information that can be given on the Mooney side of my family. I've heard stories of how we were exiled from Ireland to Germany (I believe this is the correct country, may be incorrect though) and sold into slavery on a plantation type thing in North America. However, we were apparently not very good slaves, and we ended up escaping and establishing ourselves, first in Tennessee, then beyond. I'm from Texas. Any information is appreciated!! Please email me at

Hi all! My name is Dallas Mooney from warrnambool Australia. I'm currently in Ireland now for holiday but am enjoying seeing the name around alot more often as my younger brother and myself are the only ones left carrying the name in our region of Australia and in my extended family that I know of. A big role ay? Lol..

jodi h
my name is jodi and my mother's family are mooney's from new brighton, pa. i am going to attempt to trace our family history back to ireland. my husband and i are planning a trip to ireland in october 2011 and i would like to visit the area of our origin if possible.

James Mooney

John Mooney, my great-grandfather, was a Black Smith. He bought land for his shop south of Pittsburgh in 1870. Although, he live in another part of Pittsburgh before that. He was brought to America by his maternal grand father by the name of Fitzgerald during the Potato famine at 5 years old. My Aunt told me that John Mooney would visit family in Sharon Pa, which is not far from New Brighton.

w. t. mooney
My name is w.t.mooney from montreal, canada. Good luck all you Irish people.

david mooney
hey im david mooney from carlow,ireland n if any of the mooneys from abroad are visiting here be sure email me n get in touch ill show ye around!!

Bob Mooney
I'm from northwestern Penn. I have been researching the Mooney name for 6 years. My line came out of Virginia somewhere in the late 1700's.

My name is Josh Mooney from St.Fancisville Louisiana.