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Multiple Origins for the Surname Donnell



This family was originally Mac Domhnaill in Gaelic, meaning 'son of Domhnall' and as such a patronymic name. The family claim descent from Colla Uais, the 121st Monarch of Ireland, a younger brother of Colla da Chrioch.

Donnell Early Origins



The surname Donnell was first found in County Clare where MacDonell and O'Easkin were chiefs of the territories of Corca Baisgin or Baiscind, now the barony of Moyarta. However, according to John O'Hart, in his reference Irish Pedigrees, Hart agrees with Connellan's Annals of the Four Masters in that many of the tribe " Clan Colla" traveled from Ulster where they were the Earls of Antrim to settle in Scotland where they retained the name MacDonnell but were generally called MacDonalds who became the Lord of the Isles. Edward MacLysaght disagrees with O'Hart and believes the migration went he other way, in other words the MacDonalds came to Ireland in the 13th century to become the MacDonnells in Antrim. As both authorities were Chief Heralds of Ireland, and noted authors, we put both scenarios here for the reader to decide the family's origin.

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Donnell Spelling Variations


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Donnell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: McDonnell, Hoddonell, O'Donnal, Otonell, MacDonnell, Donneill, McDonel, McDonell, McDonneil, Hodonell, McDonnel, McDoneill, Odonell, Odonel, Donnelson, Donnell, Donnel, O'Donnall, Donell and many more.

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Donnell Early History


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Donnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnell research. Another 413 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1890, 1505, 1590, 1636, 1615, 1699, 1609, 1683, 1691 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Donnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Somhairle Buidhe Mac Domhnaill (Somerled of the yellow hair, son of Donnell, Anglicized Sorley Boy McDonnell) ( c. 1505 - 1590), Irish prince or flaith and chief; Randal Macsorley MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim (died 1636); and his son, Alexander MacDonnell, 3rd Earl...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donnell 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Donnell, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Margarett Donnell, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Samuel Donnell, who landed in New England in 1692
  • Wager Donnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1697

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Donnell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Terrence Donnell, who landed in New York in 1789
  • Thomas Donnell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Donnell, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1801
  • Monassas Donnell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Elizabeth Donnell, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Dennis Donnell, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Donnell, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Neal Donnell, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Anne Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Lydia Donnell arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Elline Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Donnell, a currier, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Edward Donnell, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Donnell, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie"
  • Edward Donnell, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Hugh Donnell, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Mary Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Margaret Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Joseph Donnell, aged 22, a ploughman, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnell (post 1700)



  • Jean Marie "Jeff" Donnell (1921-1988), American actress, comedy and dramatist, she adopted the nickname "Jeff" after the character in her favorite comic strip, Mutt and Jeff, more recently known for her role as Aunt May Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
  • Larry Donnell (b. 1988), American NFL football tight end for the New York Giants (2012-)
  • Richard Spaight Donnell (1820-1867), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina, grandson of founding father Richard Dobbs Spaight
  • Colin Donnell (b. 1982), American actor best known for his roles as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes and the leading role of Tommy Merlyn in the television series Arrow
  • Ensign Earl Roe Donnell (1918-1942), American seaman killed in action while serving in Scouting Squadron 6 aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6), eponym of the USS Donnell (DE-56), a Buckley-class destroyer escort
  • John Randolph Donnell (1912-2004), American oilman, banker and philanthropist, 1958 recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award and awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • James C. Donnell (1854-1927), Irish-born, American industrialist, President of The Ohio Oil Company (1911-1927)
  • Harry Ellingwood Donnell (1867-1959), American Beaux-Arts architect
  • Forrest C. Donnell (1884-1980), United States Senator, 40th Governor of Missouri (1945-1951)
  • Alison Donnell, British academic, Professor of Modern Literatures in English and Head of School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Donnell Historic Events


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Donnell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Francis Donnell, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was wounded in action

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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: His vinces
Motto Translation: With these you will conquer.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  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. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. 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).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Donnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donnell 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.

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