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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Donelly originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnghaile, derived from the words "donn," which means brown, and "gal," which means valor.

Donelly Early Origins



The surname Donelly was first found in County Donegal. Later, the sept expanded eastward and became based at Ballydonnelly in the county of Tyrone. The name continues to be common in this area of Ireland today. The name is believed to be directly descended from King Niall of the Nine Hostages, the great Irish general/king who died by the River Seine in France about 365 A.D., after soundly defeating the Romans and being instrumental in their return to the south. Niall made King Arthur's exploits seem rather small by comparison. The Donnelly chief was always elected Chief Marshall of the O'Neill forces and their exploits have filled the pages of Irish history compiled by the Four Masters. They are a part of the great Clann Eoghan(Owen). They claim to be seventeenth in descent from the great King Niall, and their territories were at Ballydonnelly in County Tyrone.

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Donelly Spelling Variations


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Donelly Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Donelly family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Donnely, Donnelly, Donelly, O'Donnelly, O'Donelly, Donnolly, Donnally, Donolly, Donnilly, Donnelie, Donneley, O'Donnally and many more.

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Donelly Early History


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Donelly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donelly research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1641, 1650 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Donelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donelly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donelly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donelly 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Donelly family in North America:

Donelly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thady Donelly, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Arthur Donelly, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Charles Donelly, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Donelly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Donelly, aged 27, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Felix Donelly, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • C Donelly, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Michael Donelly, aged 24, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Daniel Donelly, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donelly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Donelly, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828

Donelly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Donelly, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Edwin Donelly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Catherine Donelly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • Bridget Donelly, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1850
  • Robert Donelly, aged 59, a policeman, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donelly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Donelly landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Henry Donelly, aged 30, a millwright, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Mary Donelly, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • William Donelly, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Donelly, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. 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).
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Donelly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donelly 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 16 October 2013 at 17:04.

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