Donahoo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Donahoo family

The surname Donahoo 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 Donahoo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donahoo research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1811, 1812, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Donahoo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donahoo Spelling Variations

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Donahoo were found in the many archives researched. These included 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 Donahoo family (pre 1700)

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

Donahoo 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 Donahoo or one of its variants:

Donahoo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Donahoo, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
Donahoo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Harry C. Donahoo, aged 43, who immigrated to Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Donahoo (post 1700)

  • J. N. Donahoo, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1896, 1916
  • Frances P. Donahoo, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1944
  • C. E. Donahoo, American politician, Mayor of East Moline, Illinois, 1923-25
  • John Donahoo (1786-1858), American lighthouse builder in Maryland responsible for Pooles Island Light (1825), Concord Point Light (1827), Cove Point Light (1828), Point Lookout Light (1830) and many more

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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