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About The Cooney Family
 This famous surname is Irish. Recorded in many forms including: Conan, Coonan, O' Cooney, Cooney,  Counihan, and Coonihan, it derives from the old pre 10th century Gaelic name O'Cuana. The Gaelic  prefix "O" indicates male descendant of, plus the personal byname Cuana or Cuanin, meaning the  elegant one. Irish surnames traditionally descend from a nickname for the first chief. These  nicknames may refer to acts of war, religious followings or as in this case particular  characteristics. This sept originated in the Ulster county of Tyrone, but at an early date  believed to be before the 11th century, migrated westwards to North Connacht and established  themselves in County Sligo. Some branches of the sept subsequently moved to the bordering counties  of Tipperary and Offaly where the name is found on record in the mid 12th Century, (see below).  Early examples of the surname recording include Diarmid O'Cuana, who was noted in the registers  known as "The Annals of the Four Masters" written in about the year 1248, and who was described as  the great priest of Elphin. The diocese of Elphin lies across the county boundaries of Sligo,  Roscommon and Galway. Later examples of the surname recording taken from the Famine Records of  1846 - 1851 and the surviving church registers include: James Cooney aged 26 and a farmer, who  left Ireland on the ship "Shenandoah" bound for New York on March 27th 1846, whilst on April 25th  of the same year Martin Coonan, aged 21 yrs., embarked from Liverpool on the ship "Patrick-Henry"  bound for the same American city. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be  that of Isaac O' Cuanain, Bishop of Roscrea, which was dated 1161 - 1168, in the "Ecclesiastical  Records" of County Tipperary, during the reign of King Rory O' Connor, High King of Ireland, 1166 -  1198. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. Throughout the  centuries surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing  variants of the original spelling.

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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