Origin of the Name Donaghy
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
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 Donaghy
include McDonogh, McDonagh and Donaghey. These names are derived from the Gaelic MacDonnchadha, meaning 'son of Donagh'. The MacDonagh sept were known as the 'Lords of Duhallow', and were a branch of the MacCarthys. They were Chiefs in County Cork and held the great Castle of Kanturk. The other sept of the name were a branch of the great MacDermott clan whose Chiefs ruled in Counties Sligo and Roscommon. Noteworthy bearers of the name were John MacDonogh, 1779-1850, who was an Irish born American philanthropist and is best remembered for his efforts against slavery. Thomas McDonough, 1783-1825, was a naval officer who distinguished himself in the Battle of Plattsburg. In modern times the name Donaghy can be mostly found in Ulster and especially in Counties Tyrone and Derry.
The Donaghy 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 Donaghy descendants.