Donlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Donlin 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 Donlin family

The surname Donlin 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.

Important Dates for the Donlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donlin research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1649, 1705, 1616, 1640, 1588, 1665 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Donlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donlin 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 Donlin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Donellan, Donnellan, Donnelan, Donelan, Donnellin, Donellin and many more.

Early Notables of the Donlin 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...
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Donlin migration to the United States

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Donlin or a variant listed above:

Donlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Ann Donlin, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1908
  • Catherine Donlin, aged 18, who landed in America from Miltown, Malbay, Ireland, in 1909
  • James Donlin, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1909
  • Katherine Donlin, aged 27, who immigrated to America from Ireland, in 1911
  • Teresa Donlin, aged 38, who landed in America from Longford, Ireland, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Donlin (post 1700)

  • W. Patrick Donlin, American judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Michael Joseph Donlin (1878-1933), American Major League Baseball outfielder

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