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Donnelly Family History

Donnelly Name Meaning
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnghaile ‘descendant of Donnghal’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + gal ‘valor’. It is claimed that most bearers of this surname in Donegal descend from Donnghal O’Neill, 17th in descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages; there were also other families of the same name in Sligo and Cork.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Donnelly Families

  • Number of Donnelly families
     733 - 1,463
     245 - 732
     1 - 244
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Donnelly families
     525 - 1,048
     176 - 524
     1 - 175
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Donnelly families
     603 - 1,204
     202 - 602
     1 - 201
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Donnelly Family Origin

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Donnelly Immigration Information

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Donnelly Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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