Last name: Donaghy

This interesting surname, of Irish origin with variant spellings Donaghie, Donaghy, Donagy, Donaghey and Denaghy, is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "MacDonnchaidh", meaning "son of Donnchadh", a personal name composed of the elements "donn", brown, and "cath", meaning "battle". Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, revered elders, or from some illustrious warrior, and are usually prefixed by "O", meaning grandson or male descendant of, or "Mac", denoting "son of". The Ulster surname Donaghy is found mainly in Counties Tyrone and Derry, and the first recording dates back to the late 18th Century (see below). Recordings from Irish Church Registers include: the christening of Anne, daughter of John and Margaret Donaghy, on October 23rd 1803, at Donaghmore, County Tyrone; the marriage of Betty Donaghy and John McCarley in 1829, in the Diocese of Down and Connor and Dromore in the Ulster Province; and the christening of Barbara, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Donaghy, on July 31st 1840, at St. Anne's, Shankill, Belfast. Michael Donaghy, aged 26 yrs., a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "John-Baring" bound for New York in April 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nathaniel Doneghy, which was dated 1798, witness at the christening of his daughter, Ann, at Donaghmore, County Tyrone, during the reign of King George 111 of England, known as "Farmer George", 1760 - 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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annmarie donaghy
I was born on a farm called bardahessiagh my dad was called leo francis donaghy , we moved to the north east of england in the mid 1970s only went back once after my dad died to see the farm so much has changed iam very proud to have been born there

Timothy Donaghey
Australian born Donaghey from Irish lines reporting for duty

Robert Brendan Donaghy
John Bee, Where are you?

Michael Donaghy
Hi all, Be interesting if I could find some info about my ancestors. My father was born in 1935 to Michael Brady Donaghy & Bridget Donaghy (nee Mallon) My dad was the second youngest of 14 siblings. I believe my grandfather (who passed when my dad was 13) was from the Antrim. Area. My Nanna from Belfast. They moved to Glasgow when they married. Unfortunately both my parents are long gone. Do these names mean anything to anyone?

Brian Donaghy
Born Cookstown, County Tyrone 1951. Parents Bernard and Isabella (Bella) nee McCaughey from Ballnagilly. Sister Anne, currently lives in Perth W.A. I now live in Salford, England, home of the mighty Red Devils.

Susan Donaghy
I am a granddaughter of Robert and Edith (from Armagh) Donaghy from Derry. They came to the states in the early 1900's. Hello to any kin from Derry :)

Erin Donaghy

I need my family badly.

Erin Donaghy

Anyone? Please..I need to know my family...I'm very lost and very sick.....please. I'm from Hamilton, Ontario...

Lorraine Donaghy Owen

Hello from Alabama. My name is Lorraine Owen, nee Donaghy. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. My father's name is John Donaghy, son of George and Emma Donaghy. His siblings were Lorraine Donaghy (my namesake) and Nelson Donaghy. Love my maiden name and heritage island of Ireland. Greetings and blessings to all. One thing I would absolutely agree with - wit is the breath of the Irish.

Caine Donaghy

I am Caine Donaghy, born in Derry N. Ireland. We live in Philadelphia. I am one of 4 children. We come from a very well respected family and would like to know more about our past.


Donaghy is Scottish in origin, from clan robertson

Donaghy from Philadelphia
I am Susan Donaghy, my father Richard Donaghy, son of Robert Donaghy of Derry and his wife Edith Steele from Armagh

donaghy granma finn and grandad name is Deniece mary Donaghy
tracing my family .

donaghy granma finn and grandad name is Deniece mary Donaghy
My dad was Edward Donaghy, My mother was Teresa Ethel Donaghy(maiden name Kilkelly- mum born in Galway. Want trace to my family

Kathleen Lynn Donaghy
Daughter of Edward Nicholson Donaghy....his father George Donaghy immigrated to Canada and then moved to USA where my dad was born. Grandpa was from Belfast.

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