Donnan Family History

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Donnan Name Meaning

Irish (County Down): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnáin ‘descendant of Donnán’, a diminutive of donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’. This surname is often confused with Doonan.

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

Similar surnames: Dornan, Doonan, Donovan, Duncan, Doran, Donlon, Noonan, Conran

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Donnan Family Origin

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Donnan Family Occupations

What did your Donnan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Donnan occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Donnan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Donnan family was Ag. Labourer. Farmer, Tailor and Ag. Lab. were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donnan.

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  • Farmer

  • Tailor

  • Ag. Lab.

  • Ag. Labourer


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

Donnan Historical Records

What Donnan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Donnan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donnan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Donnan. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Donnan. For the veterans among your Donnan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donnan Life Expectancy

What is the average Donnan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Donnan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Donnan in 1953 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donnan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donnan 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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