MacDonogh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 MacDonogh originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.

Early Origins of the MacDonogh family

The surname MacDonogh 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.

Important Dates for the MacDonogh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonogh research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1746, 1728, 1746, 1779, 1850, 1878 and 1916 are included under the topic Early MacDonogh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacDonogh 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 MacDonogh 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.

Early Notables of the MacDonogh family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacDonogh family

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 MacDonogh: James Donaghy who settled in New England in 1805; John (six of this name) arrived in Philadelphia between 1811 and 1867; Alexander Donaghy settled in New York in 1804.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonogh (post 1700)

  • Giles MacDonogh (b. 1955), British writer, historian and translator
  • Lieutenant General Sir George Mark Watson Macdonogh GBE, KCB, KCMG (1865-1942), British Army general officer, Director of Military Intelligence at the War Office in 1916-1918
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