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Many variations of the name Donlon 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.

Donlon Early Origins



The surname Donlon 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.

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Donlon Spelling Variations


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Donlon 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 Donlon that are preserved in archival documents are Donellan, Donnellan, Donnelan, Donelan, Donnellin, Donellin and many more.

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Donlon Early History


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Donlon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donlon research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1588, 1665, 1660, 1649 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Donlon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donlon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donlon Early Notables (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; and Sir James Donnellan...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donlon 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



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Donlon name:

Donlon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Donlon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Edward Donlon, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Patrick Donlon, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Catherine Donlon, aged 55, landed in New York, NY in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donlon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donlon (post 1700)



  • Peter Dwight Donlon (1906-1979), American gold medalist rower at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Dolores Donlon (b. 1926), American model and actress
  • Billy Donlon (b. 1977), American college basketball coach
  • Marguerite Donlon (b. 1966), Irish dancer, choreographer and ballet director
  • Denise Anne Donlon CM (b. 1956), Canadian executive, television producer, television host, and programme director, inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall Of Fame (2004)
  • Roger Hugh Charles Donlon (b. 1934), retired United States Army officer who was the first man to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam
  • Christopher Donlon, Australian rules football field umpire in the Australian Football League (AFL)

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    3. 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).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    11. ...

    The Donlon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donlon 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 28 April 2015 at 06:05.

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