Cooney (from O'Cooney, Gaelic: "O'Cuana") is a common Irish surname. In various forms, the name dates back to the 12th century. It is first associated with County Tyrone then in the province of Connaught, in the townland of Ballycooney, Loughrea barony, in County Galway, then to County Clare, County Mayo, and Dublin.
Alternate spellings are
O'Conney, Coony, Coonahan, Coonihan, Coonie, Coonan, Coumey, (Coomey) and Cooihan. Alternate spellings of O'Cuana are Cuana, Coona, O Cuanaic, and O'Cuanaich. Some with the name, Coonifer, Coonihan and Coumey, the latter mainly from County Cork, have been changed into Cooney. People named Cooney [edit ] Adam Cooney - AFL football player Andy Cooney Barbara Cooney - children's book author/illustrator Caroline B. Cooney - author Cooney Weiland - inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971 Edward Cooney - Irish evangelist Gerry Cooney - famous boxer James Cooney (1848 – 1904) - Irish-American lawyer Sergeant James C. Cooney - Struck gold in southwest New Mexico James Cooney (Medal of Honor recipient), American Medal of Honor recipient Joan Ganz Cooney JP Cooney (born 1980), Irish rugby union player Kevin Cooney (born 1945), American actor Kevin Cooney (baseball) (born 1950), American college baseball coach Mark Cooney- freshman for life John-Anthony Cooney(1982- ) - British illustrator, animator, designer and stand-up comedian Johnny Cooney, American professional baseball player Lin Sue Cooney Patrick Cooney - Irish politician Philip Cooney - former Bush administration official with ties to the energy business lobby ( American Petroleum Institute) Ray Cooney - British playwright Terry Cooney - American baseball umpire Walter R. Cooney, Jr. - astronomer Bob Cooney - Singer/Songwriter, Cooney and Eliot Thomas C. Cooney, American Medal of Honor recipient Notes [edit ] John O'Dugan cites O'Cuanaich or O'Cooney as a clan of Tir Eogan. John O'Hart lists O'Cooney, along with O'Bailey as a chief of Clan Fergus, among the Irish clans of Tir Owen. The name Dearmid O'Cuana can be found in the Diocese of Elphin, is found as the "great priest of Elphin." In the census of 1659 by Sir William Petty, "Cooney (9) is found as a principal name in the Upper and Lower Tulla, Clare, and by 1890 it is found centered in Mayon and Dublin. [1 ] Cooney is used in Co. Cork as a variant of the north Munster name O Cuanachain, normally anglicized Counihan. (Source: GoIreland) Cooney, New Mexico was a mining town where a raid by local Apaches killed a number of residents. References [edit ]
Michael C. O'Laughin, 1997 Irish Genealogical Foundation
Irish Families: Their Names, Arms, and Origins Edward MacLysaght, Irish Academic Press Limited 1991