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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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Irish naming practices
If you don't know somebody's parents names use the old Irish Catholic custom of naming children viz:First born male child named after the father’s fatherFirst born female child named after the father’s motherSecond born male child named after the mother’s fatherSecond born female child named after the mother’s motherThird born male child named after fatherThird born female child named after mother and so on.It does not always run true but it can be a very good guide for investigating further possibilities.

History of the Name

The O Donnchadha name was eminent in Irish history.

It originated in many places and these are our Historical Origins

Heraldry is the way famous families distinguished themselves from one another

Many historic sites and artifacts are associated with our name

Songs and music has been written in our name

Our name has been used as the title to many places in today's world

Many interesting people have carried our name over the centuries

Businesses of our name have sprung all over the place - many have been around for ages