O'Dily History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Dily is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly."

Early Origins of the O'Dily family

The surname O'Dily 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." [1]

Important Dates for the O'Dily family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Dily research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1680, 1600, 1595, 1662, 1617, 1595, 1665, 1638, 1721, 1574 and 1614 are included under the topic Early O'Dily History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Dily Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Dily family name include Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Dily family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel O'Daly (1595-1662), Irish diplomat and historian; Angus O'Daly (d. 1617), Irish author of the satire "The Tribes of Ireland"; Dominic O'Daly...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Dily Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the O'Dily family

In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of O'Dily: the Widow Daley who settled in Canada in 1846.

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Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
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