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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 Pedigrees 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 Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


Odonnell Early Origins



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)

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Odonnell Spelling Variations


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Odonnell Spelling Variations



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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Odonnell Early History


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Odonnell Early History



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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Odonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odonnell 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



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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Edward O'Donnell settled in Isle Valen, Newfoundland and died there in 1828 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Mary O'Donnell, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Margaret O'Donnell, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • James O'Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Odonnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Odonnell (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 82 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Odonnell Historic Events


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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


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

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