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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rooney

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Anglicised from Irish Ó Ruanaidh (“descendant of a person named Champion”).

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Rooney

Rooney Mara is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Rooney was given the name Patricia Rooney Mara on April 17th, 1985 in Bedford, New York, U.S. Rooney is also known as Patricia Mara, Tricia Mara, and Trish.


Rooney was born on January 22nd, 1943.


Rooney L. Bowen was a Member of the Georgia State Senate from the 13th district, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Member of theGeorgia State Senatefrom the 13th district, and Member of theGeorgia House of Representatives. Rooney was born on July 25th, 1933 in Dooly County, Georgia. He left this life on March 3rd, 2016.


Rooney Sweeney is a baseball. Rooney was born on November 1st, 1858 in New York City.


Rooney Mora is a sports team member for the Club Sport Herediano.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rooney

Wayne Rooney is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., Everton F.C. Reserves, Academy, Everton F.C., England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Wayne was born on October 24th, 1985 in Croxteth, Liverpool, England.


Mickey Rooney was an actor. He was most active from 1923 to 2014. Mickey was given the name Joseph Yule, Jr. by his parent Joe Yule on September 23rd, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 6th, 2014.


Kevin was born on May 4th, 1956 in New York City.


Art Rooney was an american football player. Art was born on January 27th, 1901 in South Versailles Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He breathed his last breath on August 25th, 1988.


Dan Rooney is a 30th United States Ambassador to Ireland, 2nd Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and 2nd President of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dan was given the name Daniel Milton Rooney on July 20th, 1932 in Pittsburgh.


Coleen Rooney is a television presenter, columnist, and product endorser. Coleen was given the name Coleen Mary McLoughlin on April 3rd, 1986 in Liverpool. Coleen is also known as Coleen McLoughlin.


How popular is the baby name Rooney in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1943 5 0 5
1950 5 0 5
1951 5 0 5
1953 9 0 9
1954 5 0 5
1955 5 0 5
1956 5 0 5
1957 7 0 7
1958 6 0 6
1963 7 0 7
1966 7 0 7
1967 12 0 12
1968 5 0 5
1969 6 0 6
1970 8 0 8
1972 8 0 8
1973 6 0 6
1974 6 0 6
1982 7 0 7
1983 5 0 5
1987 6 0 6
1990 5 0 5
1991 8 0 8
2004 6 0 6
2005 7 0 7
2006 16 0 16
2007 19 0 19
2008 22 0 22
2009 23 0 23
2010 35 0 35
2011 50 6 44
2012 50 21 29
2013 64 32 32
2014 66 38 28
2015 62 36 26
2016 49 38 11
2017 64 44 20

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Popularity of Rooney as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rooney U.S.
  White 93.71% 64.26%
  African American 1.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.24% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rooney

People with the last name Rooney are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rooney

  • How Popular is the name Rooney? Rooney is the 13,439th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rooney was the 2,156th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rooney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 681 babies born with the first name Rooney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rooney to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rooney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1943 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rooney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rooney is Thursday, July 14th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Rooney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rooney was in 2011 with a total of 44 babies.
  • Random Rooney Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rooney is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Rooney: Your name in reverse order is Yenoor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Renooy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rooney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,823 people with the last name Rooney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rooney? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Rooney as their last name.

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