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

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The surname Odonoghue was 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.

During the Middle Ages, exact spellings for people's name did not exist. It was up to the literate scribe that was recording a person's name to decide how to spell his name. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Odonoghue 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.


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

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

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A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North Ameri ca. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Odonoghue or one of its variants:

Odonoghue Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bdgt. O'Donoghue, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Killarny, in 1900
  • Cornelius J. O'Donoghue, aged 22, who landed in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Edmund O'Donoghue, aged 19, who settled in America from Newcastle, Ireland, in 1908
  • Denis O'Donoghue, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Raheenagh, Ireland, in 1909
  • Christine O'Donoghue, aged 24, who settled in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1912
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Odonoghue Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • D. O'Donoghue arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Alexander O'Donoghue arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • Betty O'Donoghue arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
  • Dan O'Donoghue arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
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  • Neil O'Donoghue (b. 1953), American former NFL kicker
  • Sidney E. O'Donoghue, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Athens, 1922; Prague, 1924; U.S. Consul in Malta, 1926-29. Interment somewhere in Norfolk, Connecticut
  • Peter J. O'Donoghue, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 11th District; Elected 2001
  • Michael O'Donoghue (1940-1994), Irish-American comedian, writer and occasional performer for Saturday Night Live
  • David James O'Donoghue, Irish author of "The Poets of Ireland"
  • Patrick O'Donoghue (b. 1934), Irish-born current Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster in England
  • Martin O'Donoghue (b. 1933), Irish economist and Fianna Fáil politician
  • John O'Donoghue (b. 1956), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, former cabinet minister and current Speaker of the House
  • Florence O'Donoghue (1895-1967), Irish historian and intelligence specialist
  • Daniel O'Donoghue (d. 1889), Irish politician
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Odonoghue Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas O'Donoghue (b. 1916), British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
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