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Recorded in many spellings which are all loosely inter-related and including O'Looney, O'Lunney, Looney, O'Loonan, Loonan, Loonane, Lowney, Lunnen and Lunan, this is an Irish surname. The development is from the pre 10th century Gaelic O'Luanaigh or O' Luanain, both having the meaning of the "descendant of Luan", a personal name meaning the hound, and as such originally a nickname for a fast runner. There were originally two septs in Ireland, one belonging to the Munster counties of Cork, Kerry and Clare, and the other as Loonan, Loonane, and Lunan, to County Waterford, and also occasionally County Donegal. Lowney, a form of Looney is popular in the Castletownbere region of West Cork...

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Medina Daniel

Grandad Jeremiah Looney left Ireland, for studies in England,late 1920s early 1930s? Studied the ponies more than the books. Married an English woman, and was left out of the good graces of the family. I do know that my dad, who immigrated to the US in the mid 60s was welcomed by the family during WWII, but not much history has been passed down. Jeremiah's father was a published poet, though I haven't been able to get his name. I am first born American of English born parents, both 1/2 English 1/2 Irish. Looney and Coffey.


My great grandfather Michael Looney came to Australia when he was 19. His parents were Michael Looney and Catherine O'Brien.

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