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Origins of the Donnelly surname

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About the Donnellys

We have a total number of 86540 records for people with the last name Donnelly.

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Where do most Donnellys live?

In 1921, most Donnellys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Donnellys

How common is your surname?

840th most common surname in the UK

We have 34,900 records for the Donnelly surname. The oldest one dates back to 1820.

Who were Donnellys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Donnelly first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Donnellys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Donnellys in 1921


Domestic Servant




Cotton Weaver




Common Male occupations for Donnellys in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Dock Labourer


Coal Miner Hewer




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