Many variations of the name Donnelen 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 Donnelen family
The surname Donnelen 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 Donnelen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnelen 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 Donnelen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donnelen Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Donnelen revealed spelling variations
, including Donellan, Donnellan, Donnelan, Donelan, Donnellin, Donellin and many more.
Early Notables of the Donnelen 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 Donnelen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donnelen family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Donnelen: Patrick Donellen arrived in Philadelphia in 1860; Mary Donellin settled in Virginia in 1655; Catherine Donnellan settled in Quebec in 1848.
The Donnelen 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.