Dunahoo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Dunahoo family

The surname Dunahoo 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 Dunahoo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunahoo research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1811, 1812, and 1893 are included under the topic Early Dunahoo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunahoo Spelling Variations

Many variations of the name Dunahoo were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Dunahoo found include 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 Dunahoo family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunahoo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunahoo migration to Canada

In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Dunahoo, or one of its variants:

Dunahoo Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Dunahoo, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
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