Donlevy is an Anglicization of the Irish Mac or O'Duinnshléibhe, a surname of ancient Gael royals. Variants of the anglicized surname Donlevy include Dunlevy and Dunleavy among many others. The MacDonlevy/MacNulty were the line of historical kings of Ulidia (kingdom), who last ruled the Gaels' Ulaidh as a Nation. The surname Donlevy means “chief on the mountain”, referencing the Donlevy's still to this day discernible massive Iron Age fortress Mound at Down, that is (Downpatrick).
People with the surname Donlevy
Donlevy may refer to:
- Andrew Donlevy (1694-), Irish Roman Catholic priest.
- Brian Donlevy (1889-1972), Irish born American actor.
- Cormac MacDonlevy (fl. c. 1460), influential medieval Irish physician and medical scholar
- Frank Donlevy (b. 1932), Scottish footballer
- Rev. Patrick Woulfe, Priest of the Diocese of Limerick, Member of the Council, National Academy of Ireland, Irish Names and Surnames, © 1967 Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, in Irish and English, pp. 355, 356 and 518, "... chieftain of Ulidia, who flourished in the 11th century. A remnant of the ancient inhabitants of Ulster. ... The surname has assumed a great variety of forms in Irish ; and corresponding angl. forms are very numerous. ... V. ... Mac an Ultaiġ" (At Woulfe p. 319, it is noted that the surname MacNulty is an Anglcization of Mac an Ultaiġ, Ultaiġ is Ulaidh in Irish script.)
- G.H. Hack Genealogical History of the Donlevy Family Columbus, Ohio: printed for private distribution by Chaucer Press, Evans Printing Co. (1901), pp 8, 23 (Wisconsin Historical Society Copy)
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