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

Early Origins of the McDonough family

The surname McDonough 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 McDonough family

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

McDonough Spelling Variations

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname McDonough were found in the many archives researched. These included Donaghey, McDonogh, McDonnogh, McDonagh and many more.

Early Notables of the McDonough family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDonough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McDonough migration to the United States +

Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name McDonough:

McDonough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McDonough, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Michael McDonough, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Richard McDonough, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Ignatius McDonough, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • James McDonough, who landed in New York in 1827 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McDonough migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McDonough Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick McDonough, aged 30, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • James McDonough, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Charles McDonough, aged 18, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Cecily McDonough, aged 50, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Biddy McDonough, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McDonough migration to Australia +

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

McDonough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary McDonough, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [2]
  • Agnes McDonough, aged 25, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [3]
  • Michael McDonough, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [4]
  • Mary McDonough, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • John McDonough, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McDonough 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:

McDonough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McDONOUGH, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Michael McDonough, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Catherine McDonough, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Michael McDonough, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Mary McDonough, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McDonough (post 1700) +

  • William Joseph McDonough (1934-2018), American banker, former vice chairman and special advisor to the chairman at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., 8th President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1993-2003)
  • John Joseph McDonough (1849-1926), American politician and businessman, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1882 and 1883
  • Hubert Boniface McDonough (b. 1963), retired American professional ice hockey center
  • Gordon Leo McDonough (1895-1968), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1945-1963)
  • Denis Richard McDonough (b. 1969), American 27th and current White House Chief of Staff (2013-)
  • Bridget McDonough, American co-founder of Light Opera Works
  • Brian McDonough MD, American four-time Emmy Award winning physician, writer, and media personality, Chairman of the Family Medicine Department at St. Francis Medical Center
  • Ann Patrice McDonough (b. 1985), retired American competitive figure skater, 2002 World Junior Champion and the 2003 U.S. pewter medalist
  • Mary Elizabeth McDonough (b. 1961), American actress
  • Patrick McDonough (b. 1961), American track cyclist
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The McDonough 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.


Suggested Readings for the name McDonough +

  • 1397 Related Families by Carolyn Harris McDonough.

  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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.


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