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Mahoney Name History

Mahoney Irish Coat of arms


Mahoney (or O'Mahoney or Gaelic Ó Mathghamhna, pronunciation: MAHN-ee or ma-HOE-nee and occasionally MAH-huh-nee) is an Irish surname that originated in the early eleventh century. The forebear of the Mahoneys was Mathghamhan (or Mathuin or Mahon), the grandson of Brian Boru. Mathghamhan was killed at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

The Mahoneys flourished in southern Ireland. They were princes of an area in Cork along the River Bandon. They ruled as sovereigns over this territory until the English conquest of Ireland. The meaning of the name is "descendant of bear." Other spellings of the Irish surname Mahoney include O'Mahoney, Mahony and many others.

Learn more about the Mahoney family name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Mahoney surname. There is a wide selection of Mahoney coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Is there a Mahoney Pub in Ireland?

We're still looking for a Mahoney's Pub in Ireland. We did, however, find O'Mahony's Bookstore. You can find an O'Mahony's Bookstore in Limerick City, Ennis, Tralee, and at the University of Limerick. 

Until we locate a Mahoney Pub that you can visit in person, our personalized pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Mahoney

  • Chris Mahoney, multiple people
  • Cindy Mahoney
  • George Mahoney, American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jerry Mahoney, multiple people
  • Jock Mahoney
  • John Mahoney, multiple people
  • Louis Mahoney
  • Marie Mahoney
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney
  • Maureen Mahoney
  • Mike Mahoney, multiple people
  • Patrick Mahoney
  • Steve Mahoney
  • Tim Mahoney (guitarist)
  • Tim Mahoney, politician
  • William Mahoney

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