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DONNELLAN Family History

Recorded in several spellings including Donald, Donnell, the diminutive Donnellan which is mainly recorded in Ireland, the patronymics Donaldson and Donnellson, and dialectals such as Doull, Doole, and even Daniel, this is a surname of Scottish and sometimes Irish origins. It is a developed form of the pre 10th century Old Gaelic patronymic name "MacDomhnall", meaning "son of Donald", and composed of the elements "dubro", meaning world, and "val", might or rule and is first recorded in 13th century Scotland as Dofnald, Douenald and Dufenald.

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