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


The surname Dailey 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]

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Dailey revealed spelling variations, including 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 Dailey 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 Dailey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dailey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Dailey:

Dailey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Dailey, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Thomas Dailey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775

Dailey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thos Dailey, aged 45, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • John Dailey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • John P Dailey, who arrived in Mississippi in 1838
  • Dennis Dailey, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • Hugh Dailey, aged 44, arrived in Missouri in 1840

Dailey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Garret Dailey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Morris Dailey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Dailey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Dailey, who landed in Canada in 1830

Dailey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Helen Dailey, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Michael Dailey, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"


  • Quintin "Q" Dailey (1961-2010), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Peter F. Dailey (1868-1908), American burlesque comedian and singer
  • Mary Dailey (1928-1965), American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League utility infielder and pitcher who played in the 1950s
  • Irene Dailey (1920-2008), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actress
  • Daniel James "Dan" Dailey Jr. (1915-1978), American Golden Globe Award winning and Academy Award nominated dancer and actor
  • William Garland "Bill" Dailey (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1961 through 1964
  • Albert Dailey (1939-1984), American jazz pianist
  • Mark Dailey (1953-2010), American-born, Canadian television journalist and announcer
  • Janet Anne Haradon Dailey (b. 1944), American author, known for her numerous romance novels
  • John R. Dailey (b. 1934), retired United States Marine Corps four-star general, current director of the National Air and Space Museum



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 Regi
Motto Translation: Loyal to God and king


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

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Dailey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dailey 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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