Dulhunty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Dulhunty was written O Dulchaointigh, which comes from the word dulchaointeach, which refers to a satirist. The ancestor of this Irish family is said to have been Muintir Cormac or Muintir Dulchonta, which was gradually anglicized over the years, until it was rendered as Delahunt or Delahunty. Although the name appears quite French, it seems highly unlikely that there are any French origins to the name, other than the Norman influence of the clerks, who began processing Irish names, as early as the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Dulhunty family

The surname Dulhunty was first found in Ormond, where records of the name can be found in deeds from around 1441 on. Petty's "census" of 1659 showed bearers of Dulhunty in counties Offaly (King's county) and Kilkenny. The ancient and important Dulhunty sept sometimes claims descent from the O'Hara Buidhe, Chiefs of Leyney in County Sligo, through Lughaidh.

Important Dates for the Dulhunty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dulhunty research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Dulhunty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dulhunty Spelling Variations

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Dulhunty that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Delahunt, Delahunty, DeLahunte, DeLaHunty, De-la-Hunt, Delahunt and many more.

Early Notables of the Dulhunty family (pre 1700)

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Dulhunty migration to Canada

Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Dulhunty or one of its variants:

Dulhunty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lawrence Dulhunty, a Captain in the Royal Garrison Battalion, in 1779

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