About why the spelling of Dennehy and Danehy.
About 40 years ago an Irish priest told me that the name in Ireland is Dennehy but the pronunciation is danehy. My grandfather came over around 1870 and original documents done over a period of years (marriage certificate, etc) show that he could not write (everything on any document is in the same hand including signatures). The earliest spelling is Denehy but later it became Danehy. This acknowledges the priest's story.
By using Web sites in Ireland, one will not find any spellings of danehy but Dennehy, Denny, etc. This Forum uses a phonetic spelling, danahey, not unlike danehy. If one can not spell or even write and a name is given to a nonIrish person, what will appear is that person's phonetic interpretation of what is said. That is likely to take many forms of spelling.
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