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Origins of the O'Donnell surname

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About the O'Donnells

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Where do most O'Donnells live?

In 1921, most O'Donnells lived in London.

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Interesting facts about O'Donnells

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We have 27,300 records for the O'Donnell surname. The oldest one dates back to 1820.

Who were O'Donnells most likely to marry?

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What are the most common O'Donnell first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for O'Donnells

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

Common Female occupations for O'Donnells in 1921


Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver






Common Male occupations for O'Donnells in 1921
General Labourer


Coal Miner


Dock Labourer


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers




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