Donelly Family History

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Donelly Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Donnelly, Dovell, Dolly, Bonello, Doell, Danella, Monell, Tonelli

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Donelly Family Origin

Where is the Donelly family from?

Donelly Family Occupations

What did your Donelly ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Donelly occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of Donelly's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Donelly family was Boiler Maker. Labourer, Coal Miner and Housekeeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donelly.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Housekeeper

  • Boiler Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Donelly ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Donelly Historical Records

What Donelly family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Donelly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donelly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Donelly

Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Donelly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Donelly. For the veterans among your Donelly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donelly Life Expectancy

What is the average Donelly lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Donelly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Donelly in 1965 was 89, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donelly

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donelly ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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