Doona History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Doona family

The surname Doona was first found in the twelfth century.

Important Dates for the Doona family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doona research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early Doona History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doona Spelling Variations

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)

Notable among the family name at this time was the O'Dunadhaigh sept found in Luchair, the old name of a region that lay on the borders of...
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Doona migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • 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 [2]
  • Joseph Doona, aged 34, originally from Killarney, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Mary Doona, aged 22, originally from Beaufort, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Queenstown, Ireland [4]
  • Michael Doona, aged 33, originally from Beaufort, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Queenstown, Ireland [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Doona (post 1700)

  • Dan Doona, Irish Gaelic footballer from Beaufort, County Kerry

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFVX-XNL : 6 December 2014), Bridget Doona, 17 Apr 1901; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port NEW YORK, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNP6-22J : 6 December 2014), Ellen Doona, 26 Apr 1913; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZF-9JD : 6 December 2014), Joseph Doona, 07 Mar 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KN-L68 : 6 December 2014), Mary Doona, 21 Aug 1921; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GY-QPP : 6 December 2014), Michael Doona, 08 Apr 1921; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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