Doolink History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Doolink was O Dunlaing.

Early Origins of the Doolink family

The surname Doolink was first found in Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Doolink family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doolink research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1544, 1628, 1846, 1898, 1785 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Doolink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doolink Spelling Variations

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 Doolink are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Dowling, O'Dowling, Doolan, Doolin, Dooling, Dowlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Doolink family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doolink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Doolink family

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Doolink family relocated to North American shores quite early: Terence Dowlin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808 with his brother John; Bernard, Brian, Edward, James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, Samuel, Thomas, and William Dowling, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865.

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