O'Dunne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the O'Dunne family in Ireland was O Duinn or O Doinn. Both Gaelic names are derived from the Gaelic word donn, which means brown. O Doinn is the genitive case of donn.
Early Origins of the O'Dunne family
The surname O'Dunne was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster. The family was descended from O'Rigain one of the ancient "Four Tribes of Tara" in the Kingdom of Meath, now the county of Meath. The Kings of Meath in turn traced their regal history back to the Heremon Kings.
Important Dates for the O'Dunne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Dunne research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1268, 1691, 1700, 1758, 1642, 1713, 1651, 1733, 1692 and 1695 are included under the topic Early O'Dunne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Dunne Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations of the surname O'Dunne can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Dunn, Dunne, Dun, O'Dunne, O'Doyne, Doine, Doin, O'Dunn and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Dunne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Dunne family
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Dunne name: Thomas Dunn who settled in Wymouth, Massachusetts in 1647; Miss Dunn settled in Barbados in 1774; Mrs. Dunn settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; Agnes Dunn settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767.
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Dunne (post 1700)
- Hamilton O'Dunne, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 2nd District, 1945-46 
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