Donath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Donath family

The surname Donath was first found in Silesia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. The name originates from the Bishop Donatus, who was martyred around 350 A.D., and became prominent in the Middle Ages through the widely used Latin grammar textbook written by Aelius Donatus in the 4th century.

Early History of the Donath family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donath research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1769 is included under the topic Early Donath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donath Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Donat, Donath, Donati, Donats, Donaths, Donatt and many more.

Early Notables of the Donath family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Donath migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Donath, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Donath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Donath, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Ludwig Donath, age 18, settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Carolina Donath, who arrived in Texas in 1854 [1]
  • Christiane Karoline Donath, aged 22, who landed in Texas in 1854 [1]
  • Carolina Donath, who settled in Texas in 1854

Contemporary Notables of the name Donath (post 1700) +

  • Helen Donath (b. 1940), renowned opera singer and recitalist, her husband Klaus Donath acts as her accompanist


  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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