Origin of the Name Danagher
The origin of the name Danagher
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Danagher
include Danaher and Danahor. This name is derived from the Gaelic O'Danachair sept that was earlier rendered as O'Duineachair. This sept originated in the ancient territory of Lower Ormond which in modern times constitute Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Their chief was Lord of the territory near Nenagh until the sept were dispossessed following the Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century. In the eastern part of County Cork Danagher has occasionally been changed to Dennehy which in turn was changed to Danahy and Denny.
The Danagher coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Danagher descendants.