Donnelly Family History

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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

What did your Donnelly ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Donnelly occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Donnelly's were Labourers. 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.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Housekeeper

  • Lodging House Keeper


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

Donnelly Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 277,000 census records available for the last name Donnelly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donnelly 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Donnelly. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Donnelly. For the veterans among your Donnelly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donnelly Life Expectancy

What is the average Donnelly lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Donnelly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Donnelly in 1941 was 31, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donnelly

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donnelly 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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