|Meaning||"rich" or "descendant of the wealthy one"|
|Region of origin||Ireland|
|Related names||O'Moony, Meaney, Moon, Money, Moonie|
Mooney is a family name, which is probably predominantly derived from the Irish Ó Maonaigh. It can also be spelled Moony, Moonie, Mainey, Mauney, Meaney and Meeney depending on the dialectic pronunciation that was Anglicised.
The origin of the different Moony or Mooney families is lost in antiquity. The name is derived from maoin a Gaelic word meaning wealth or treasure of treasure, hence when O'Maonaigh was anglicised to Mooney it meant the descendant of the wealthy one.
According to Irish lore, the Mooney family comes from one of the largest and most noble Irish lines. They are said to be descendants of the ancient Irish King Heremon, who, along with his brother Herber, conquered Ireland. Heremon slew his brother shortly after their invasion, took the throne for himself, and fathered a line of kings of Ireland that include Malachi II, and King Niall of the Nine Hostages.
Baptismal records, parish records, ancient land grants, the Annals of the Four Masters, and books by O'Hart, McLysaght, and O'Brien were all used in researching the history of the Mooney family name. These varied and often ancient records indicate that distant septs of the name arose in several places throughout Ireland. The most known and most numerous sept came from the county of Offaly. The members of this sept were from Chieftain Monach, son of Ailill Mor, Lord of Ulster, who was descended from the Kings of Connacht. These family members gave their name to town lands called Ballymooney both in that county and in the neighbouring county of Leix.
- Mooney Airplane Company
- Mooney Brothers – gas company in Grey Bruce County, Ontario – co-owner Carman Mooney
- Mooney Boats, Ltd. – Killybegs, County Donegal-based company specialising in the construction, refurbishment, and repair of commercial fishing vessels
- Albert Mooney, aircraft designer and founder of Mooney Airplane Company
- Alex X. Mooney, Member of Congress from West Virginia
- Bel Mooney, English journalist and broadcaster
- Brian Mooney, professional football player
- Cameron Mooney, Australian rules footballer
- Carol Ann Mooney, President of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana
- Chris Mooney (basketball) (born 1972), American basketball coach
- Collin Mooney (American football) (born 1986),
- Dave Mooney, professional football player
- Debra Mooney, American actress
- Edward Aloysius Mooney, Roman Catholic Cardinal Archbishop of Detroit, former Bishop of Rochester
- Edward F. Mooney, noted Kierkegaard scholar and Professor of Religion at Syracuse University
- Edward Mooney (footballer)
- Grant Robert Mooney, Building engineer,designer.Pilot
- Hercules Mooney, American Revolutionary War Colonel
- James Mooney, anthropologist whose major works were about Native American Indians
- Jason Mooney, the young thug of Livingston, New Jersey
- John Mooney, multiple people
- Katherine Mooney, linguist
- Kevin Mooney, Irish musician
- Kyle Mooney, Saturday Night Live cast members
- Malcolm Mooney, original lead singer of rock group |Can; inspiration for The Mooney Suzuki's name (see below)
- Melvin Mooney, American physicist, developed the Mooney Viscometer and other testing equipment used in the rubber industry.
- Paschal Mooney, Irish politician
- Peter Mooney, Scottish educationalist and conductor (music)
- Paul Mooney, son of James Mooney
- Paul Mooney, American comedian, writer, and actor
- Robert Mooney, Canadian politician
- Sean Mooney, sports reporter and former WWF announcer
- Shay Mooney, singer of country duo Dan + Shay
- Shona Mooney, Scottish Fiddler
- Ted Mooney, American author
- Thomas Mooney, American labour leader from San Francisco, California
- Tom Mooney, Australian rugby league footballer
- Tommy Mooney, professional football player
- Tony Mooney, Australian politician
- Walter E. Mooney, pilot and model aircraft designer
- Bert Mooney Airport – Montana
- Cardinal Mooney High School (disambiguation)
- Mooney Bay – Candle Lake (Saskatchewan)
- Mooney Creek, Kansas
- Mooney Falls – Grand Canyon
- Mooney Falls – Big Bay, Ontario, Canada
- Mooney Mooney, New South Wales, Australia
- Mooney Pond – Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
- Mooney's Woods – West Hartford, Connecticut
- Archived 10 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Mooney Boats, Ltd.". Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- NFL playerhttp://www.titansonline.com/team/roster/Collin-Mooney/2ae14422-3df9-4c4a-a97e-5f1e5763ab47
- "Kyle Mooney". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- "Mooney Bay". Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Mooney Pond". Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Mooney's Woods". Retrieved 19 July 2013.