Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Doona as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.
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Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Doona are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.
Early Notables of the Doona family (pre 1700)
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A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Doona or a variant listed above:
Doona Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Bridget Doona, aged 20, originally from Glenbeigh, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1901 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Queenstown, Ireland
Ellen Doona, aged 21, originally from Glenbergh, Ireland, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Queenstown, Ireland
Joseph Doona, aged 34, originally from Killarney, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Mary Doona, aged 22, originally from Beaufort, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Queenstown, Ireland
Michael Doona, aged 33, originally from Beaufort, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Queenstown, Ireland