Show ContentsDoner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Doner family

The surname Doner 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.

Early History of the Doner family

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Doner Spelling Variations

The general population of Ireland, like those of Europe and Britain during the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Doner some of these variations 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 Doner family (pre 1700)

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Doner Ranking

In the United States, the name Doner is the 13,307th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Doner migration to the United States +

The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Doner or one of its variants:

Doner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Doner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]

Canada Doner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Doner, who landed in Canada in 1835

Contemporary Notables of the name Doner (post 1700) +

  • Landis E. Doner, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • Rodger Doner (1938-2022), Canadian wrestler who competed in the men's freestyle lightweight at the 1964 Summer Olympics

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  2. ^ 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) on Facebook