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

Early Origins of the McDonogh family

The surname McDonogh 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 McDonogh family

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

McDonogh 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 McDonogh family name include Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.

Early Notables of the McDonogh family (pre 1700)

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United States McDonogh migration to the United States +

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 McDonogh:

McDonogh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas McDonogh, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767 [1]
McDonogh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McDonogh, aged 50, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Richard McDonogh, aged 11, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Catherine McDonogh, aged 50, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Hugh McDonogh, aged 13, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • James McDonogh, aged 15, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McDonogh migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McDonogh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William McDonogh, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland

Australia McDonogh migration to Australia +

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

McDonogh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mcdonogh, (b. 1825), aged 19, Irish labourer who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand McDonogh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McDonogh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A E McDONOGH, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name McDonogh (post 1700) +

  • John McDonogh (1779-1850), American entrepreneur and philanthropist who gave his estate to public education in New Orleans and Baltimore
  • Bob McDonogh (1900-1945), American racecar driver, active from 1924 to 1932

The McDonogh 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. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook