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Donahue Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnchadha ‘descendant of Donnchadh’ a personal name (sometimes Anglicized as Duncan in Scotland) composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + cath ‘battle’.

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

Similar surnames: Monahan, Danaher, Doane, Goodhue, Monagle, Dona, Donaghue, Donald

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Where is the Donahue family from?

You can see how Donahue families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Donahue family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Donahue families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Donahue families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Donahue's in USA. New York had the highest population of Donahue families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Donahue surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Donahue ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Donahue. 13% of Donahue men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Donahue women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donahue were Farmer and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Donahue. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Donahue. For the veterans among your Donahue ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Donahue lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Donahue life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Donahue in 1940 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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