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

The Irish surname Dunleavy 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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Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dunleavy family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including 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 Dunleavy research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Dunleavy 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 Dunleavy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Dunleavy:

Dunleavy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Dunleavy, who arrived in America in 1841
  • Daniel Dunleavy who settled in Philadelphia in 1843
  • Owen Dunleavy, who settled in New York, NY in 1845
  • John Dunleavy, who settled in New York, NY in 1852

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  • Mary Dunleavy, American soprano
  • Mike Dunleavy Jr. (b. 1980), American professional basketball player
  • Mike Dunleavy Sr. (b. 1954), former American professional basketball player
  • Chris Dunleavy (b. 1949), English footballer
  • Dan Dunleavy, Canadian sportscaster
  • Patrick Dunleavy (b. 1952), Professor of Political Science and Public Policy within the Government Department of the London School of Economics
  • Steve Dunleavy (b. 1938), US-based Australian-born journalist


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