Doonynd 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 Doonynd as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.

Early Origins of the Doonynd family

The surname Doonynd was first found in the twelfth century.

Early History of the Doonynd family

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

Doonynd Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Doonynd include O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.

Early Notables of the Doonynd 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...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doonynd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Doonynd family

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Doonynd: James Downey who went to Pennsylvania in 1711; Brian Dawney arrived in Virginia in 1722; Elizabeth Downey went to Philadelphia in 1745; William Downey settled in New York in 1777.



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