Origin of the Name Meaney
The ancient history of the name Meaney
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Meaney
include Mooney, Meeny and Mainey. There were several septs of this name in Ireland . The sept of Ulster were erenaghs of Shanaghan in the diocese of Offaly, whose townland was called Ballymooney. Another sept held territory in Tireragh in County Sligo. In that area there are four townlands called Ballymeeny. Notable people of the name were Father Donagh Mooney, who was a guardian of the young Earls of Tyrconnell and Tyrone at Louvian in 1626, and Thomas Mooney, 1815-1888, editor of the Fenian newspaper in San Francisco, and who was a controversial figure in London. In modern times the name Meaney is most often found in Counties Clare and Kilkenny.
The Meaney coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Meaney descendants.