Donaho History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Donaho originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.
Early Origins of the Donaho family
The surname Donaho 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.
Important Dates for the Donaho family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donaho research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1811, 1812, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Donaho History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donaho Spelling Variations
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 Donaho 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.
Early Notables of the Donaho family (pre 1700)
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Donaho migration to the United States
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 America. 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 Donaho or one of its variants:
Donaho Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Willis Donaho, who arrived in Texas in 1835 
- Patrick Donaho, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 
Donaho migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Donaho Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. William Donald U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X