LUNNEY Family History
Recorded as Luney, Lunney, Lunny, and Lonie, and often with the prefix O' is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish O'Luanaigh, meaning "descendant of Luanach" . 'Luanach' was a personal name deriving from "Luan", meaning a warrior. Originally there were two O'Luanaigh Septs in Ireland, the first belonging to the Munster counties of Cork, Kerry and Clare, the Gaelic poet and scholar Brian O' Looney (1873 - 1901) was from this sept and born in County Clare. The second Sept of O'Luanaigh were important in medieval times, being chiefs of Cenel Moen in the barony of Raphoe, County Donegal.