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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


Similar surnames: Fennell, Connolly, Hennelly, Donnell, Donnellon, Donnellan, Munnelly

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Donnelly Family Origin

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Donnelly Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    9%
  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Housekeeper

    2%
  • Lodging House Keeper

    1%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Donnelly family was Lodging House Keeper. Labourer, Coal Miner and Housekeeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donnelly. The most common Donnelly occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Donnelly's were Labourers.

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