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Where did the Irish Donahugh family come from? What is the Irish Donahugh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Donahugh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Donahugh family history?

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Donahugh originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.

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Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Donahugh. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Donoghue, Donaghoe, Donaho, Donahoe, Donough, Donahue, Donahow, Doneghoe, Donehue, Donighue, Donohoe,Donahugh, Donohough, Donohow, Donohue, Donaughue, O'Donoghue, Dunphy, Donaghie, Donaghy and many more.

First found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donahugh research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1811, 1812, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Donahugh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donahugh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Donahugh: Bridget Donaghue who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1850; along with Catherine, Charles, Dennis, Ellen, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and many many more who settled in Philadelphia, and New York State..

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The Donahugh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donahugh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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