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Origin

DONELLY : (Gaelic and Celtic.) A great man, a proud chieftain, from Domhnull. These names appear to have their root in the Gaelic noun Dion, a defense, shelter, protection. The verb Dion signifies to defend, to protect Dun has nearly the same meaning, a heap, a hill, or mount, a fortified house or hill, a castle. Surnames compounded of Dion, Don, or Dun, were figuratively usdd to denote persons of courage, and who were not easily subdued.

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    Variants of name DONELLY

    DONNELLEY DONNELLY DONNELY DONNOLLY