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The original Gaelic form of Odonnell was O'Domhnaill, which means descendant of Domhnall or descendant of Donal(l.) The name is derived from the Irish words "domhan" (the world) and "all" (mighty): son of Colga, a quo O'Domhnaill. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
The surname claims descendancy from the Heremon Kings of Ireland. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


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The surname Odonnell was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where records show this distinguished Irish Clann were directly descended from Connell, son of King Niall of the Nine Hostages who died in 371. Today the most numerous listing of the name can be found in Tirconaill (Donegal), but there are two other branches that are significant, those in Corcabaskin in West Clare, and those of the Ui Maine (Hy Many) in County Galway. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
All descend from the same ancestor name Domhnall (English: Donal) and are O Domhnaill (Irish Gaelic.) The Donegal "promedominance only dates from the thirteenth century; prior to that they were located in the comparatively restricted area around Kilmacrenan, County Donegal." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Odonnell are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include O Donnell, O'Donald, O'Donle, O'Donall, O'Donnell and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odonnell research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1571, 1602, 1601, 1602, 1575 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Odonnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name at this time was Red Hugh O'Donnell (1571-1602), Irish chieftain and Earl of Tyrconnel, who fought against the English, but was defeated, with Hugh O'Neill, 2d Earl of Tyrone, at Kinsale in 1601. He was succeeded in...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Odonnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard O'Donnell settled in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1802
  • Edward O'Donnell settled in Isle Valen, Newfoundland and died there in 1828
  • Biddy O'Donnell, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Neil O'Donnell, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • Nancy O'Donnell, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
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Odonnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria O'Donnell, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
  • Maurice O'Donnell, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"
  • Catherine O'Donnell, aged 23, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Bridget O'Donnell, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Ellen O'Donnell, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
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Odonnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine O'Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Philip O'Donnell, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Mary O'Donnell, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Margaret O'Donnell, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • James O'Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
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  • Neil Kennedy O'Donnell (b. 1966), former American NFL football quarterback
  • Martin "Marty" O'Donnell (b. 1955), American composer known for his work the video games Myth, Oni, and Halo
  • Phillip O'Donnell, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972
  • Priscilla O'Donnell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2004
  • Ray J. O'Donnell, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, 1946-53
  • Robert J. O'Donnell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1924, 1926
  • Robert W. O'Donnell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992
  • T. G. O'Donnell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1908
  • Theodore J. O'Donnell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1892
  • Thomas O'Donnell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1912
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Odonnell Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James S. O'Donnell (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James J. O'Donnell (1859-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles O'Donnell, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick O'Donnell, American 2nd Class passenger from Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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