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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dulaney originally appeared in Gaelic as Dubhshlainte. The word dubh means black, and Slaine is topographical; it is Anglicized as Slaney, and may refer to the river Slaney.

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Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Dulaney family name include Delaney, Delany, Delane, Delaune, Dalaney and others.

First found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dulaney research. Another 293 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1178 and 1202 are included under the topic Early Dulaney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dulaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Dulaney name:

Dulaney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Dulaney, who landed in Mississippi in 1853

Dulaney Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Patrick Dulaney, aged 57, who landed in America from England, in 1902
  • Mat Taylor Dulaney, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Vivien D. Dulaney, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Landon C. Dulaney, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Benjamin L. Dulaney, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906


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The Dulaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dulaney 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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