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The O'Donoghue Society

For all those interested in history and genealogy and whose names are derived from the Gaelic

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In England & Wales, Catholic or maybe not
Irish migrants to Britain were often young and single and lots of them weren't as Catholic as all that. In many places there were no Catholic services within walking distance. Many people who settled locall y with an English partner ceased to be Catholic in practice. Priests preached against mixed marriages but were also aware that you gained families as well as losing them. Irish Catholics were doubly a minority and minority numbers are always crumbling as individuals integrate with the majority. Many people who were probably Catholic had Anglican marriages and burials and (to a lesser extent) baptisms.

Name variants

There are many different spellings of the name in historic records and in current use. 

On this page are shown some of the variants which have been submitted by researchers and are recognised in their family histories. Click on a variant to view the names of these researchers, and then click again on "Contact Name and Research Interests" to view their specific interests. Guest researchers are given access to the name Donaghue to see how this page works.

There are 106 of name variants submitted by researchers and these are listed below. Since I started my research programme 520 variants have been found. The full list, the source from which each one has been recorded and any associated comments are shown on this page