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
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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)
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Migration of the MacDonough family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families
immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of MacDonough or one of its variants: 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 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.