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

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Daugherty is O Dochartaigh, from the word "dochartach," which means hurtful or obstructive and in this case, it would be termed as a nickname.


Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Daugherty were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.

First found in at Inishowen, in the barony of Raphoe, in County Donegal, where they were a large and influential sept, and were kin to the O'Donnells. They were one of the principal Irish clans to resist the Norman invasion of 1170 and were known as the Lords of Innishowen directly descended from the distinguished Irish General King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings. The MacDevitts, who exist in large numbers in Inishowen, are descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill who was killed in 1208. Some members of the MacDevitt branch migrated to the territory of Oriel, now counties Louth, Monaghan, and south Down. There the "D" was aspirated creating the early Anglicization MacCaveat, and then the variation MacKevitt. Expanding their territory, they came to rule the peninsula of Inishowen in the 14th century. However, the poorly-timed and disastrous rebellion against the English crown led by Sir Cahir O'Dougherty in 1608, drastically reduced the power of the once powerful sept.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daugherty research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1587, 1608 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Daugherty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 233 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Daugherty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Daugherty family in North America:

Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Daugherty, who landed in America in 1795
  • Neal Daugherty, who landed in America in 1795

Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Daugherty, who arrived in Maryland in 1803
  • Mathew Daugherty, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Dennis Daugherty, aged 33, arrived in Delaware in 1813
  • Patrick Daugherty, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • William J. Daugherty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Daugherty, aged 18, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1900
  • Annie Daugherty, aged 9, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Charles Daugherty, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1905
  • Denis Daugherty, aged 23, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Edwin S. Daugherty, who emigrated to America, in 1905


  • Harold Ray "Doc" Daugherty (1927-2015), American Major League Baseball player and manager who played one game for the Detroit Tigers in 1951
  • Richard Deo Daugherty (1922-2014), American archaeologist and professor, who led the excavation of the Ozette Indian Village Archeological Site in Washington state during the 1970s
  • Brigadier-General Lester Amiel Daugherty (1891-1995), American Professor of Military Science & Tactics, University of Santa Clara, California (1949)
  • Michael Daugherty (b. 1954), American composer
  • James Henry Daugherty (1889-1974), American author and illustrator
  • George Daugherty (b. 1955), American-born conductor and director
  • Derri Daugherty (b. 1958), American record producer, songwriter, guitarist
  • Christi Daugherty (b. 1964), American journalist and author
  • Bradley Lee Daugherty (b. 1965), American former basketball player


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: Ar Ndutcas
Motto Translation: Our heritage


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