We get a lot of questions about Rooney’s name when we’re out and about. Do you know someone named Rooney? Is it after the soccer player? The band? The actress?
So here’s the story.
After we saw “The Social Network” in January 2011, I saw the name Rooney Mara scroll through the credits. She had a small part in the movie (Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend), and had the coolest name I had ever heard. We love last names as first names, and uncommon names. Because she wasn’t well-known, I thought it was perfect! After some research, I found out that her full name is Patricia Rooney Mara, and her mother’s maiden name is Rooney. So it’s not even her real first name…even better!
Before that, our top name for a girl was Kennedy. I love that it is typically a last name and Eric loves it because it was his grandmother’s last name. But it was creeping up in the popularity charts (#90 I think), and we wanted something unique. Rooney was perfect, we decided. (We actually decided on this name for her a few days before we found out she was a girl. I was only looking at girl names because I was 100% sure she was a girl.)