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Donnock & Ellis Dennis

Donnock & Ellis Dennis

Posted: 23 Mar 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 10:58AM GMT
Surnames: ni Hulian, Dennis
My ancestor Donnock (Tonath, Donald)Dennis arrived in the colony of Virginia, Northampton County around 1665. In 1661 he married Ellis (Elice) Nehulian. Both were supposedly from Ireland, possibly County Galway. The name Nehulian has baffled people for years. Recently I read an account of Grania O'Malley in which her name was shown as Grania ni Malley. Can anyone tell me if "ni or ne" was/is a variation of the typical "O' Mc or Mac" in Irish names. If the "Ne" in Nehulian is discounted, than her name may have been Holian or Houghegan or something more likely.

Thanks,

Rob

Re: Donnock & Ellis Dennis

Posted: 1 Jan 2013 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ní before a surname indicates daughter or female descendent. Iníon is the gaelic for daughter. In English née indicates a woman's maiden name. My own surname is McDonagh, but in gaelic its Ní Dhonncha. While mac is the gaelic for son, ó means from like van or von in Dutch/German.

Barbara
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