The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Donay is the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill.
Donay is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname Donay arose from the vernacular naming tradition, whereby surnames were formed by adopting the given name of one's father, or another ancestor. This name was first found in Kintyre
, where members of this family had resided for many years.
Early Origins of the Donay family
The surname Donay was first found in Kintyre
, and much of the Eastern islands and coast-lands where members of this Clan
, descended through Somerled, Lord of the Isles and had resided for many years.
Early History of the Donay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donay research.Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1336, 1386, 1423, 1437, 1449, 1603, and 1692 are included under the topic Early Donay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donay Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Donay include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.
Early Notables of the Donay family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was John of Islay
, or John MacDonald, (d. 1386), who was the Lord of the Isles (1336-86) and chief of Clan... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donay family to Ireland
Some of the Donay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donay family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Donay, or a variant listed above: Daniel Macdonald, who came to New Jersey sometime between 1730 and 1749; Angus
McDonald who settled in Virginia in 1746; Norman and Elizabeth Macdonald, and their two children who settled in Georgia in 1741.
The Donay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.
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