Many variations of the name Donellan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Domhnallain, derived from the personal name
of Domhallan, Lord of Clan
Breasail, from whom the sept claims descent.
Early Origins of the Donellan family
The surname Donellan was first found in Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Donellan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donellan research.Another 319 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1649, 1705, 1616, 1640, 1588, 1665 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Donellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donellan Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Donellan that are preserved in archival documents are Donellan, Donnellan, Donnelan, Donelan, Donnellin, Donellin and many more.
Early Notables of the Donellan family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Reverend Nehemiah Donellan (d. 1609), Archbishop of Tuam, who translated the New Testament into Irish. His first son was Nehemiah Donnellan (1649-1705), an Irish lawyer and judge and... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donellan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Donellan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Donellan, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 17th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emerald Isle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emeraldisle1854.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Donellan (post 1700)
- Captain John Donellan (d. 1781), known as Diamond Donellan because of a large diamond he had brought back from India, was tried, condemned and executed on 2 April 1781 for the poisoning death of Sir Theodosius Boughton, 7th Baronet; he was condemned by circumstantial evidence and protested his innocence until his death
The Donellan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Omni violentia major
Motto Translation: Too strong for any violence.