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 MacDonowe originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.
Early Origins of the MacDonowe family
The surname MacDonowe 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 MacDonowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonowe 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 MacDonowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacDonowe Spelling Variations
One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the MacDonowe family name include Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.
Early Notables of the MacDonowe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacDonowe family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacDonowe: 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.
The MacDonowe 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.