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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."
The surname Daley was 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." 
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.
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:
Daley Settlers in 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 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 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
- 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
- V Daley, aged 24, arrived in America in 1822
Daley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Garret Daley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Michl Daley, who landed in Quebec in 1784
Daley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Daley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
- Anastasia Daley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
- Jane Daley, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- John Daley, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
- Peter Daley, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
Daley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Daley, aged 20, Irish convict from Cork, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" in 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Bridget Daley, aged 47, Irish convict from Westmeath, who was transported aboard the "Arabian" in November 22nd, 1846, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Catherine Daley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
- Honora Daley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
- Thomas Daley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
Daley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Daley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Daniel Daley, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Michael Daley, aged 29, a stone cutter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
- Philip Daley, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Mary Daley, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Richard Joseph Daley (1902-1976), American politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (1955-1976)
- Richard Michael Daley (b. 1942), American politician, 54th Mayor of Chicago (1989-2011)
- Major-General Edmund Leo Daley (1883-1968), American Commanding General Puerto Rico Department (1939-1941)
- Clayton C. Daley Jr. (b. 1951), American former Vice Chair & Chief Financial Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company
- Cass Daley (1915-1975), American radio and movie actress
- Brian Daley (1947-1996), American science fiction novelist
- George William Daley (1875-1952), American newspaper editor, sports writer
- Mr. Daniel Daley (d. 1915), Irish Fireman from Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. George Joseph Daley, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Anthony Mark "Tony" Daley (b. 1967), English former footballer from Birmingham
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 RegiMotto Translation:
Loyal to God and king
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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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