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Multiple Origins for the Surname McEldowney



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 McEldowney as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.

McEldowney Early Origins



The surname McEldowney was first found in the twelfth century.

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McEldowney Spelling Variations


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McEldowney Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McEldowney revealed spelling variations, including O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.

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McEldowney Early History


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McEldowney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEldowney research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early McEldowney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McEldowney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McEldowney Early Notables (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 McEldowney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McEldowney:

McEldowney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McEldowney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James McEldowney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McEldowney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jane K. McEldowney, aged 48, who settled in America from Tyrone, in 1901
  • Hester McEldowney, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • William McEldowney, aged 22, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1906
  • Frank McEldowney, aged 21, who settled in America from Draperton, Ireland, in 1907
  • David McEldowney, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McEldowney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McEldowney (post 1700)



  • Nancy McEldowney, United States career diplomat
  • Harrison McEldowney, American choreographer, best known for his theatrical work for the 1992 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies
  • Brooke McEldowney (b. 1952), American cartoonist, creator of 9 Chickweed Lane, Best Newspaper Comic Award (2006)
  • Francis McEldowney (b. 1981), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • John McEldowney, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick
  • Dennis McEldowney (1926-2003), New Zealand born author and publisher, winner of the Hubert Church Memorial Prize (1958)

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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

The McEldowney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEldowney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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