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Where did the Irish Donner family come from? What is the Irish Donner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Donner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Donner family history?The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Donner originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.
Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Donner. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Donoghue, Donaghoe, Donaho, Donahoe, Donough, Donahue, Donahow, Doneghoe, Donehue, Donighue, Donohoe,Donahugh, Donohough, Donohow, Donohue, Donaughue, O'Donoghue, Dunphy, Donaghie, Donaghy and many more.
First found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donner research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1811, 1812, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Donner History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Donner:
Donner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Donner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Donner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Donner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donner 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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