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Many variations of the name Donnellan 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.

Donnellan Early Origins



The surname Donnellan 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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Donnellan Spelling Variations


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Donnellan Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Donnellan family name include Donellan, Donnellan, Donnelan, Donelan, Donnellin, Donellin and many more.

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Donnellan Early History


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Donnellan Early History



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

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Donnellan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donnellan 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 Donnellan 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Donnellan to North America:

Donnellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Donnellan, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Catherine Donnellan, aged 55, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • John Donnellan, who arrived in New York in 1851
  • Edward Donnellan, who landed in Ohio in 1888

Donnellan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Miss Catherine Donnellan, aged 7 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 25)
  • Mr. Luke Donnellan, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 25)
  • Mr. Peter Donnellan, aged 22 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sarah" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 25)
  • Catherine Donnellan settled in Quebec in 1848

Donnellan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Donnellan, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"
  • Biddy Donnellan, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"
  • Anne Donnellan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Michael Donnellan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
  • John Donnellan, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnellan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnellan (post 1700)



  • Keith Donnellan (b. 1931), American Professor Emeritus at the University of California
  • Michael Donnellan (1900-1964), Irish Clann na Talmhan politician
  • John F Donnellan (b. 1937), former Irish Fine Gael party politician who served for nearly thirty years in Dáil Éireann
  • Philip Donnellan (1924-1999), English documentary film-maker
  • De Clan Donnellan (b. 1953), British theatre director and writer

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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 25)

Other References

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  4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Donnellan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donnellan 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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