Donoghue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Donoghue originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.

Early Origins of the Donoghue family

The surname Donoghue was 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.

Early History of the Donoghue family

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Donoghue Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Donoghue family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Donoghue, Donaghoe, Donaho, Donahoe, Donough, Donahue, Donahow, Doneghoe, Donehue, Donighue, Donohoe,Donahugh, Donohough, Donohow, Donohue, Donaughue, O'Donoghue, Dunphy, Donaghie, Donaghy and many more.

Early Notables of the Donoghue family (pre 1700)

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Donoghue Ranking

In the United States, the name Donoghue is the 11,716th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Donoghue migration to the United States +

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Donoghue family name:

Donoghue Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Florance Donoghue, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
Donoghue Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Donoghue, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Thomas Donoghue, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [2]
  • John Donoghue, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [2]
  • John O Donoghue, who arrived in New York in 1855 [2]
  • William Donoghue, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [2]
Donoghue Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Redmond Donoghue, who arrived in Alabama in 1920 [2]

Canada Donoghue migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Donoghue Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Catherine Donoghue, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "John Francis" departing 10th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Frederick Donoghue, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wilhelmina" departing 8th May 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mrs. Judith Donoghue, aged 70 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing 13th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 8th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mrs. Judith Donoghue, aged 45 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing 13th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 8th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Noreen Donoghue, aged 22 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Donoghue migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Donoghue Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Timothy Donoghue, (Donoghoe), (b. 1788), aged 30, Irish labourer who was convicted in County Kerry, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 9th August 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. John Donoghue, Irish convict who was convicted in County Offaly (King's County), Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Castle Forbes" on 3rd October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Miss Susannah Donoghue, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Diana" on 4th December 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Peter Donoghue, (b. 1824), aged 19, Irish carter who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Constant" on 9th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • James Donoghue, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Northumberland" in 1850 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Donoghue migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Donoghue Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Honorah Donoghue, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Morty Donoghue, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Mr. James Donoghue, (b. 1856), aged 23, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [9]
  • Miss Ellen Donoghue, (b. 1858), aged 21, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [9]
  • Miss Kate Donoghue, (b. 1861), aged 18, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Lyttleton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1879 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Donoghue (post 1700) +

  • Roger Donoghue (1930-2006), American prizefighter, tutor to Marlon Brnado for the movie On the Waterfront
  • Patrick J. Donoghue, American three-time Emmy Award-winning artist
  • John Talbott Donoghue (1853-1903), American sculptor
  • John P. Donoghue (b. 1957), American politician
  • Joe Donoghue (1871-1921), American world champion speed skater in 1891
  • John A. Donoghue, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924 [10]
  • J. A. Donoghue, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944 [10]
  • Herbert J. Donoghue, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952 [10]
  • Francis Edmund Donoghue (1873-1952), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1901-05, 1907-09 [10]
  • David Donoghue, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1932 [10]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Cornelius Donoghue, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frank Donoghue (d. 1912), aged 35, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ 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. 73)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/castle-forbes
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diana
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/constant
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NORTHUMBERLAND 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Northumberland.gif
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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