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Looney ancestors of the Cherokee nation and the Southwest Territory: Ky, Tn, La, NC, Indiana and Mo

About the Looney surname

According to some accounts the Looneys are said to be of Scotch origin, more often they are considered to be from Ireland where the O’Looneys were chiefs of Montir Loney, a district known as the Monter Loney Mountains in the county of Tyrone. It is also a Munster surname found chiefly in Cork and Clare, Ireland. Variants of the name are O’Looney; O’Lowney; Lowney; O’Luinie, Lonney, Lunney, Luna, etc.

The Looneys descended from Robert Looney of Augusta and Botetourt Counties, Virginia, and said to have come from Ballagilley Farm about 3 miles south of Ramsey in Maughold Parish, Isle of Man; or possibly from Ballalooney in Amogary Parish. They claim that an ancestor fought with Marlborough in Flanders (ca 1708-1709) in the reign of Queen Anne.

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