History of your Surname
Get access to Looney family records.Start a free trial

Looney Family History

Looney Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luanaigh ‘descendant of Luanach’, a personal name derived from luan ‘warrior’. Compare Lane 3 and Lamb 3. Woulfe distinguishes the Munster name Ó Luanaigh from the Ulster name Ó Luinigh, whence Lunney. However, many of the Anglicizations are the same.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cooney, Mooney, Clooney, Rooney, Downey, Toomey, Moroney, Looby

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Looney family from?

You can see how Looney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Looney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Looney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 28 Looney families living in Tennessee. This was about 31% of all the recorded Looney's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Looney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Looney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Looney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Looney. 21% of Looney men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Looney women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Looney were Farming and Stenographer.

View Census data for Looney | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Looney family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Looney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Looney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Looney

Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Looney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Looney immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Looney. For the veterans among your Looney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Looney military records

You've only scratched the surface of Looney family history.

Discover More

What is the average Looney lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Looney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Looney in 1942 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Looney

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Looney family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial