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Where did the Irish Daley family come from? What is the Irish Daley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Daley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Daley family history?

The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Daley is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly."


Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Daley that are preserved in documents of the family history are Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.

First found in the barony of Magheradernon, in County Westmeath and traditionally claim descent from Eanna Ceannselach (Ian Kinsella), King of Leinster. They became Chiefs of Muintir Bhaire in the south west of Cork, and later in the north west of the same county, largely in O'Keefe's country. A distinct sept was found in Desmond as early as 1165. "Cuconnachta-na-Scoil O'Daly (or "Cuconnachta of the Schools") was the first of this family that assumed the sirname." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daley research. Another 399 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1680, 1600, 1595, 1662, 1617, 1595, 1665, 1638 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Daley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Daley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Daley:

  • Charles, Daniel, Dennis, Edward, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Kerens, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Rose, Thomas and William Daley all settled in Philadelphia in the 19th century

Daley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James and George Daley settled in Virginia in 1646 and 1655 respectively
  • George Daley, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Bryan Daley, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Owen Daley, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Daley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Chr Daley, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Jesse Daley, who landed in Virginia in 1740
  • Jeremiah Daley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Daley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Daley, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Jane Daley, aged 6, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • Pat Daley, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1806
  • V Daley, aged 24, arrived in America in 1822
  • Patrick Daley, who landed in Mississippi in 1840


  • Brian Daley (1947-1996), American science fiction novelist
  • Cass Daley (1915-1975), American radio and movie actress
  • Clayton C. Daley Jr. (b. 1951), American former Vice Chair & Chief Financial Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company
  • George William Daley (1875-1952), American newspaper editor, sports writer
  • Major-General Edmund Leo Daley (1883-1968), American Commanding General Puerto Rico Department (1939-1941)
  • Richard Michael Daley (b. 1942), American politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago (1989-2011)
  • Richard Joseph Daley (1902-1976), American politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (1955-1976)
  • Eleanor Joanne Daley (b. 1955), Canadian composer
  • Victor James William Patrick Daley (1858-1905), Australian poet
  • Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley (b. 1994), British seven-time gold medalist diver



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deo fidelis et Regi
Motto Translation: Loyal to God and king


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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  11. ...

The Daley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Daley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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