The Cooney Family

Cooney family crest

(Crest No. 239. Plate 53.)

THE Cooney family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Laogare, ancestor of the Southern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Coonaght and signifies “Prosperity.” The possessions of the sept were located in the present County of Tyrone. This name is also Anglicized Coyne.

The name is still numerous in Ireland and in the United States. Among its representatives who have acquired distinction may be mentioned Judge M. Cooney, of California, a jurist of national reputation, whose aid and counsel have always been at the service of his countrymen in every movement for the promotion of their interests.