Rooney Family History

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Rooney Name Meaning

reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruanaidh ‘descendant of Ruanadh’, a byname meaning ‘champion’. reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadháin (see Ruane).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Downey, Looney, Mooney, Cooney, Toohey, Toomey, Moroney, Rodney

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Rooney Family Origin

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Rooney Family Occupations

What did your Rooney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Dock Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rooney. A less common occupation for the Rooney family was Housekeeper. The most common Rooney occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Rooney's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Dock Labourer

  • Housekeeper


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Rooney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rooney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rooney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Rooney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Rooney. For the veterans among your Rooney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rooney Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rooney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rooney in 1940 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rooney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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