Rooney Family Coat of Arms and Origin of Name

The anglicised version of óRuanaidh.
Gaelic for Rooney
A Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Ruanaidh (hero, champion).


    Welcome to This website is dedicated to the "Minnesota" Rooneys and their ancestors. The history and genealogy information included on this site centers around the Rooney families who - after living a short time near Ottawa, Canada, following their emigration from Ireland - eventually settled in the central part of Minnesota around the mid-1860's.

    We are now eight years into this project and have received excellent feedback from many of our visitors. These connections have helped our genealogical research within Minnesota, around the United States, and as far away as Ireland, France, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia. The majority of the content on these webpages hasn't changed much over the past few years - since it is genealogy after all, so it happened long ago. However, we are excited to be bringing you a new and updated Rooney Family Tree. It is a deviation from the static pages we once shared, but we expect this new tree to provide a much improved viewing experience.

    And as always, if you have Rooney family information that you would like to have included on this site, just contact us via the links at the bottom of this page.

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Quick Links

Rooney Family Tree


Rooney Reporter Newsletter

Tim Ahles - Family Genealogist and Historian
Randall Rooney - Webmaster

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