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

Early Origins of the MacDonough family

The surname MacDonough 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.

Early History of the MacDonough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonough 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 MacDonough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacDonough Spelling Variations

The general population of Ireland, like those of Europe and Britain during the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For MacDonough some of these variations included: Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.

Early Notables of the MacDonough family (pre 1700)

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


Australia MacDonough migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacDonough Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Macdonough, (b. 1767), aged 26, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Boddingtons" on 15th February 1793, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
MacDonough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James MacDonough, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonough (post 1700) +

  • James MacDonough (b. 1970), American bass guitarist, known for his work with Iced Earth, Nevermore, and recently, Megadeth
  • Glen MacDonough (1870-1924), American writer, lyricist and librettist
  • Thomas MacDonough (1783-1825), American naval officer, known for his successes in the War of 1812, eponym of four ships named the USS Macdonough
  • Harry Macdonough (1871-1931), pseudonym of John Scantlebury Macdonald, a Canadian tenor singer and recording executive


The MacDonough 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.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/boddingtons
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic


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