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

The Irish surname Dunlavey originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Duinnshleibh, derived from the words "dun," meaning "fortress," or perhaps "donn," which means "brown," and "sliabh," which means "mountain."

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Many spelling variations of the surname Dunlavey can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Dunleavy, Dunlevie, Dunlevy, Dunlivie, McDunleavy, Donleavy and many more.

First found in Ulidia, in northern Ireland, where they were said to have descended from the Princes of Ulidia, who were in turn descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings; the modern name for Ulidia, is Ulster. The "Four Masters" list that in 1199, a Rory O'Dunsleve joined the English (Norman soldiers) at Meath and plundered the monastery of Saint Peter and Paul in Armagh. In the 12th century during the Anglo/ Norman invasion of Ireland, the Dunleavys migrated to Tir Connell now known as Donegal and became hereditary physicians to the distinguished O'Donnells.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunlavey research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Dunlavey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunlavey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Dunlavey name:

Dunlavey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ellen Dunlavey, aged 18, who landed in America from Swinford, in 1893

Dunlavey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary A. Dunlavey, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Maria Dunlavey, aged 18, who settled in America from Swinford, in 1903
  • Thomas Dunlavey, aged 23, who settled in America from Sunderland, England, in 1907
  • John Dunlavey, aged 26, who landed in America from Newbottle, England, in 1912
  • Michael Dunlavey, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Tenbury, England, in 1913


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