Scotland. The name is derived from the personal name Dennis. Donougher is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Some patronyms were formed from the personal names of the father of the bearer, while others came from prominent religious and secular figures. The surname Donougher was first established in Lancashire, prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Donougher family
Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Donougher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donougher research.
Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 10,0, 1424, 1634, 1st , 1676, 1501 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Donougher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donougher Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Donougher has been written Denny, Denney, Dennie, Denie, Denye, Deanney, Deannie and many more.
Early Notables of the Donougher family (pre 1700)
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donougher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donougher family to Ireland
Some of the Donougher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donougher family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Donougher: Thomas Denny from Combs, Devon, England settled in Leicester, Massachusetts in 1646; Mary Denny settled in New England (Massachusetts) in 1635; another Mary Denny settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Donougher 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: Et mea messis erit
Motto Translation: My harvest will also arrive.
Donougher Family Crest Products