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Where did the Irish O'Donlegh family come from? What is the Irish O'Donlegh family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Donlegh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Donlegh family history?

It is generally thought that the surname O'Donlegh is derived from the Irish O Dubhalla sept of Muskerry, Cork. It has also been suggested that O'Donlegh comes from a branch of the famous MacDuinnsleibhe sept. However, since the MacDuinnsleibhe sept was located in Ulster and bearers of the name O'Donlegh were for the most part located in the south western counties of Munster, this connection seems rather unlikely.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dunlea, O'Dunlea, Dullea, Delea, Dynlea, O'Dullea, Donlea, O'Donlegh, Douly and many more.

First found in the south western counties of Munster, where the name dates back to sixteenth century Fiants in County Cork. These records include mention of Donell and Owen MacDermodie O'Donlegh, who along with many other men of Cork, were pardoned in 1586.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Donlegh research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1664, 1666, 1704 and 1725 are included under the topic Early O'Donlegh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Donlegh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Douly, who landed in New York in 1820; Cornelius Donlea, who immigrated to Montreal in 1825; Edward Dunlea, who arrived in Boston as a bonded passenger in 1849.

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