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 McDonnagh originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Donnchadha, which means son of Donnchadh or son of Donagh.
Early Origins of the McDonnagh family
The surname McDonnagh 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 McDonnagh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDonnagh 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 McDonnagh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McDonnagh Spelling Variations
Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations
. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name McDonnagh revealed many variations, including Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.
Early Notables of the McDonnagh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDonnagh family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McDonnagh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James McDonnagh, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
The McDonnagh 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.