The surname of MOONEY was derived from the Gaelic Maonach. A name which meant 'one who was wealthy'. The name is widely distributed, being of several distinct septs. That of Sligo used the form MEENEY, MEANEY or MAINEY, which is the Ulster form. The name was originally locational of 'de MOHUN' a place in Normandy, and it arrived with the Conqueror in 1066. Early records of the name mention John de Moohun, 1272 County Somerset. William de Mohuney was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Haynes and Dorothy Moone were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1651, and William Mohun and Mary Morgan were married in Canterbury, Kent in 1661. William Moon and Mary Stuart married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1762. At first the coat of arms was purely a practical matter. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Garris and Ringelstown, County meath; Registered at the Ulster Office 1638 to Thomas Mooney Esq. of Garris, descended from Mooney of Ballagh Mooney, in the king's co., who were a branch of the Sept O'Conor Faily). Many Highland families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish. People heard of the attractions of the New World, and many left Ireland to seek a better life sailing aboard the fleet of ships known as the 'White Sails', but much illness took its toll with the overcrowding of the ships which were pestilence ridden. From the port of entry many settlers made their way west, joining the wagons to the prairies, and many loyalists went to Canada about the year 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists.
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