The Meaney Name History
This surname is Irish.
It is an Anglicized pre 900s AD Gaelic O' Maonaigh.
The prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname Maonach,
meaning Wealthy, treasured or beloved, a name of endearment.

Four distinct clans of this name arose in Ireland.
The first is in Donegal, where they held Church Property.
This Clan claims descent from Ailioll Mor of Ulster.
The Mooneys of Offaly were Custodians of the Shrine of St. Monahan
and gave their name to the TownLand of Ballymooney.

There are 4 TownLands called BallyMeeny and a Munster Clan known as Mainey.
The first recorded spelling of the name is that of Father Donagh Mooney,
Provincial of the Irish Franciscans,
(circa 1615) when he guarded the young Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell at Louvain,
during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603-1625.
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