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What does Rooney mean?

Rooney Pronunciation of Rooney [rooney] as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Rooney is "red-haired". Actor Mickey Rooney.

Associated with: irish, red.


Rooney has 4 variants: Roone, Rowan, Rowen and Rowney.

Creative forms:
(male) Rioney, Rooley, ..

(female) Rooley, Roona, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rooney Frank (R.F.), ..

How popular is Rooney?

Rooney is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#2450 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Rooney (not ranked) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rowan (#219 in 2015) and Rowen (#647). Adoption of these forms of Rooney was at its highest in 2015 (average #433). Rowan and Rowen are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rowan, Rowen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rowan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rooney is alike in pronunciation to Rene, Renny, Ronnie and Ronny. Other recommended names are Boone, Coney, Corney, Dooley, Raine, Ramey, Rane, Rayne, Remmey, Renne, Rion, Roan, Roane, Rodnee, Rodney, Roley, Rome, Romeo, Romney, Ron, Ronel, Ronn, Rorey, Rowley, Rune, Ryne, Ryon, Stoney, Toney and Volney. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rooney.

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