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The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Donegan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnagain. The first portion of the name is probably derived from "donn," which means brown, while the second portion of the name is probably derived from and ancient Irish personal name.

Donegan Early Origins



The surname Donegan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat at Muskerry, later moving to Limerick, Kildare and Dublin.

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Donegan Spelling Variations


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Donegan Spelling Variations



Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Donegan were found in the archives researched. These included Donegan, Donnegan, Doneghan, Donneghan, Donagan, Donnagan, Donnaghan, Dunnegan, O'Donegan, O'Dunnegan, O'Donnaghan, Dongan, Donegin, Donnegin, Donnagen, Donagen, Donnegen, Donegen, Donnigan, Donigan, Dunnican, Dunican, Dunnigan, McDunnigan, McDonegan, Dongane, Dongin, Dongen and many more.

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Donegan Early History


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Donegan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donegan research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1395, 1412, 1413, 1634 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Donegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donegan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donegan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was John Donegan (died 1413), a medieval Manx prelate. After holding the position of Archdeacon of Down, he held three successive bishoprics, Mann and the Isles (Sodor), then...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Donegan or a variant listed above:

Donegan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Donegan, the Earl of Limerick, who became Governor of New York from 1683 to 1691

Donegan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Donegan settled in Maryland in 1742

Donegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Donegan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • John Donegan, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1842
  • Clancy Donegan settled in New Orleans in 1849
  • Andrew Donegan, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1861
  • Lawrence Donegan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Donegan, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Donegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Julia Donegan, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • W. Donegan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849
  • Julia Donegan, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donegan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donegan (post 1700)



  • Michael Barry Donegan (b. 1978), American singer, songwriter, writer and political activist
  • Dan Donegan (b. 1968), American musician and guitarist
  • Dorothy Donegan (1924-1998), American classically trained jazz pianist
  • Patrick S "Paddy" Donegan (1923-2000), Irish Fine Gael Party politician
  • Horace William Baden Donegan (1900-1991), English prelate of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, Bishop of New York (1950 to 1972)
  • Anthony James "Lonnie" Donegan MBE (1931-2002), Scottish skiffle musician with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name

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Donegan Historic Events


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Donegan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Donegan, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Donegan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. 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).
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    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    11. ...

    The Donegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donegan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 December 2014 at 11:05.

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