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Re: Moonan, James b: 1880 & Catherine >NJ
Posted by: Patricia Moonan (ID *****8305) Date: July 31, 2008 at 13:55:16
In Reply to: Re: Moonan, James b: 1880 & Catherine >NJ by Sheila Tipton of 45

It appears your information was put in sometime ago. However I would like to let you know that Moonan is Irish, you will find it in Dr.MacLYSAGHT, The surnames of Ireland. (O) Moonan O Muanain, accent over last a. It says Oriel form of the Munster Moynan. I have a further description from a book whilst travelling in Ireland. (O) MOONAN. It may be accepted as correct that O Muanain (anglicized Moonan) is etymologic ally an Oriel form of the Munster name O Maonain(Moynan). I have no direct evidence that they are genelogically connected, but the fact that in our earlier records, e.g. the fourteenth century Justiciary Rolls and even in the 16th century Fiants, O'Monan and O'Monane are the names of Munstermen would suggest that probability. Though used as synonyms, Moynan and Moynihan have been reported as such from Co.Offaly and Moynihan is almost in Cork-Kerry. Moonan, occasionally Moan is now found in or near Co.Louth and as O'Monyne it occurs in Co.Aarmagh Hearth Money Rolls 1664-65

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