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Donnan Name Meaning

Irish (County Down): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnáin ‘descendant of Donnán’, a diminutive of donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’. This surname is often confused with Doonan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dornan, Doonan, Donovan, Duncan, Doran, Donlon, Noonan, Conran

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Where is the Donnan family from?

You can see how Donnan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Donnan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Donnan families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 46 Donnan families living in London. This was about 30% of all the recorded Donnan's in the UK. London had the highest population of Donnan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Donnan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Donnan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Donnan. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Donnan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donnan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Donnan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Donnan. For the veterans among your Donnan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Donnan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Donnan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Donnan in 1953 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

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