Origins Available: Irish
Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland
from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name MacEldowney as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.
Early Origins of the MacEldowney family
The surname MacEldowney was first found in the twelfth century.
Early History of the MacEldowney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEldowney research.Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early MacEldowney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacEldowney Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name MacEldowney revealed many variations, including O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEldowney family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was the O'Dunadhaigh sept found in Luchair, the old name of a region that lay on the borders of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacEldowney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacEldowney family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name MacEldowney: James Downey who went to Pennsylvania in 1711; Brian Dawney arrived in Virginia in 1722; Elizabeth Downey went to Philadelphia in 1745; William Downey settled in New York in 1777.