I'm looking for the origin of 3 surnames!
Donnelly - it's Irish
Wason - I've no idea where this comes from but my maternal ancestors came from Northen Ireland
Rodgers - also no ideaPlease help!
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Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donnghaile ‘descendant of Donnghal’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + gal ‘valor’. It is claimed that most bearers of this surname in Donegal descend from Donnghal O’Neill, 17th in descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages; there were also other families of the same name in Sligo and Cork. WASON
1. Scottish: variant of Watson.
2. Indian (Tamil Nadu): Anglicized form of a Hindu name that is regularly spelt as Vasan, which is an abbreviation of Srinivasan and sometimes of Vasudevan (see vāsudeva under Vaswani). WATSON
Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Wat (see Watt) WATT
Scottish and English: from an extremely common Middle English personal name, Wat(t), a short form of Walter. RODGERS
Scottish, northern Irish, and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Roger 1.ROGER
Scottish, English, North German, French, and Catalan: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hrōd ‘renown’ +gār, gēr ‘spear’, ‘lance’, which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rog(i)er. The cognate Old Norse Hróðgeirr was a reinforcing influence in Normandy. (Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press)
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