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Gender: Male Meaning of Rooney: "descendent of the champion" Origin of Rooney: Irish

The name Rooney is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "descendent of the champion". Rooney and is often added to lists like Cool Boys’ Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Extended Family Congrats Round 5 (dice game)".

From the experts:

Rooney is one of many bouncy Irish surnames that could make an agreeable first, once tied to Mickey Rooney (who was actually born Joseph Yule) in his young and spunky Andy Hardy period.

Young "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara (born Patricia Rooney) gives it class and glamour--as well as bringing it into the unisex category. Roone is a cool short form.

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Famous People Named Rooney

William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, U.S. Confederate General and Congressman from Virginia; son of General Robert E. Lee
Rooney Roon, American rapper of group Ultramagnetic MCs
Rooney L. Bowen, American politician
Rooney Massara, English Olympic rower
John J. "Rooney" Sweeney, American baseball player
Wayne Rooney, English footballer
Mickey Rooney, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Rooney

Rooney, American pop-rock band
Rooney Doodle, character from children's TV series The Doodlebops