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Gender: Female Pronunciation: ROO-nee Meaning of Rooney: "descendent of the champion" Origin of Rooney: Gaelic

The name Rooney is a girl's name meaning "descendent of the champion". Rooney and is often added to lists like Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Talented actress Rooney Mara (originally born Patricia Rooney) has single-handedly transformed this Gaelic surname into a wearable and elegant girls' name. Often said to mean "red-haired", the original surname, rendered as O' Ruanaidh, actually means "descendent of the champion". Trivia note: the most famous Rooney, Mickey Rooney, was originally born Joseph Yule.

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Famous People Named Rooney

(Patricia) Rooney Mara, American actress
Kate Rooney Mara, American actress
Andy Rooney, American journalist

Pop Culture References for the name Rooney

Olivia "Liv" and Madison "Maddie" Rooney, main characters on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
Rooney Fforester, character in the Youtube series "Chicken Girls"


indiefendi2 Says:


there's something quirky cute about this. I can't put my finger on it.