The Irish surname McDunleavy originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Duinnshleibh, derived from the words "dun," meaning "fortress," or perhaps "donn," which means "brown," and "sliabh," which means "mountain."
Early Origins of the McDunleavy family
The surname McDunleavy was first found in Ulidia
, in northern Ireland
, where they were said to have descended from the Princes of Ulidia, who were in turn descended from the Heremon
line of Irish Kings; the modern name for Ulidia, is Ulster
. The "Four Masters" list that in 1199, a Rory O'Dunsleve joined the English (Norman soldiers) at Meath and plundered the monastery of Saint Peter and Paul in Armagh. In the 12th century during the Anglo/ Norman invasion
of Ireland, the Dunleavys migrated to Tir Connell now known as Donegal
and became hereditary physicians to the distinguished O'Donnells.
Early History of the McDunleavy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDunleavy research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early McDunleavy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McDunleavy Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the McDunleavy family name include Dunleavy, Dunlevie, Dunlevy, Dunlivie, McDunleavy, Donleavy and many more.
Early Notables of the McDunleavy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Father Christopher Dunlevy, a Franciscan monk, who was martyred in 1644; and Reverend Andrew Donlevy (1694- c.1761), the Superior... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDunleavy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McDunleavy family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name McDunleavy to North America: Gregory Donlevy, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1798; Walter Donlevy, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1813; Francis William Donlevy, who was naturalized in South Carolina in 1816.