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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name MacDonagh originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.

MacDonagh Early Origins



The surname MacDonagh was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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MacDonagh Spelling Variations


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MacDonagh Spelling Variations



Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname MacDonagh are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.

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MacDonagh Early History


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MacDonagh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonagh research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1746, 1728, 1746, 1779, 1850, 1878 and 1916 are included under the topic Early MacDonagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDonagh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacDonagh Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacDonagh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name MacDonagh:

MacDonagh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James MacDonagh, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonagh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonagh (post 1700)



  • Oliver Ormond Gerard Michael MacDonagh MA (1924-2002), Australian professor of Irish history
  • Joseph MacDonagh (1883-1922), Irish Sinn Féin politician
  • Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916), Irish nationalist poet, playwright, and a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising; he was executed firing squad on 3 May 1916, aged thirty-eight
  • Eileen MacDonagh (b. 1956), Irish sculptor
  • Donagh MacDonagh (1912-1968), Irish dramatist, writer, judge, presenter and broadcaster
  • John Alfred Terence MacDonagh (1908-1986), English oboist and cor anglais player

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Motto


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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: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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    The MacDonagh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacDonagh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 October 2014 at 08:56.

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