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Where did the Irish Dunlevy family come from? What is the Irish Dunlevy family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dunlevy family history?

The Irish surname Dunlevy 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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Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Dunlevy are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name 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 Dunlevy research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Dunlevy 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 Dunlevy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Dunlevy family in North America:

Dunlevy Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Servence Mack Dunlevy, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Sarah Dunlevy, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Sarah Dunlevy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Francis Dunlevy, who came to Philadelphia in 1819
  • Patrick Dunlevy, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1839


Dunlevy Settlers in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Dunlevy, aged 60, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1900
  • Joseph Dunlevy, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Doochary, in 1901
  • William Dunlevy, aged 19, who landed in America from Doochary, in 1901
  • Grace Dunlevy, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Doochary, in 1901
  • Annie Dunlevy, aged 25, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1903


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  • Stephen Dunlevy, Australian stuntman from Sydney, New South Wales, known for his work on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Australia (2008)


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