McEldowney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the McEldowney family
The surname McEldowney was first found in the twelfth century.
Important Dates for the McEldowney family
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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.
Early Notables of the McEldowney family (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...
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McEldowney migration to the United States
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 America. 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:
Typical McEldowney Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
McEldowney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McEldowney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 
- James McEldowney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 
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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name McEldowney (post 1700)
- Robert McEldowney, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wetzel County, 1875
- John C. McEldowney, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at New Martinsville, West Virginia, 1893-98
- 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)
Historic Events for the McEldowney family
- William Patrick Mceldowney, British Surgeon Lieutenant (D) aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking 
- William Patrick Mceldowney, British Lieutenant Surgeon aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking 
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- ^ 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)
- ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
- ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html