McDonagh Family Crest, Coat of Arms & McDonagh Name Origin

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Origin of the Name McDonagh

The McDonagh family history was found in the archives. Variants of McDonagh include McDonough, Donaghy and McDonogh. From the Irish MacDonnchadha, meaning 'son of Donagh', the MacDonagh sept were known as 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 prominent MacDonagh sept were a branch of the great MacDermott clan, whose Chiefs held long sway in Counties Sligo and Roscommon. Noteworthy people 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. The Ulster surname Donaghy is a variant.
The McDonagh 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 McDonagh descendants.
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