Dally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Dally family

The surname Dally 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 surname." [1]

Early History of the Dally family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dally research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1680, 1600, 1595, 1662, 1595, 1583, 1617, 1595, 1665, 1638, 1721, 1574, 1614, 1902, 1976, 1955 and 1976 are included under the topic Early Dally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dally Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname Dally exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.

Early Notables of the Dally family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel O'Daly (1595-1662), Irish diplomat and historian. He was "a native of Kerry, born in 1595, was member of a branch of an Irish sept which took its name from an ancestor, Dalach, in the twelfth century. His family were among the adherents of the Earl of Desmond, who was attainted for having opposed the government of Queen Elizabeth in Ireland, and was killed there in 1583. " [2] Angus O'Daly (d. 1617), was the Irish...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dally migration to the United States +

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 Dally:

Dally Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Dally, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Geo Dally, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [3]
  • William Dally, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [3]
  • Tho Dally, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Joane Dally, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [3]
Dally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Dally, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]

Canada Dally migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dally Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • F Dally, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Dally migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Dally, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Sidney Dally, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Samuel Dally, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1850 [6]
  • John Dally, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [7]
  • Jeremiah Dally, aged 49, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dally migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dally Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Caleb Dally, (b. 1846), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th October 1868 aboard the ship "Mermaid" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 8th January 1869 [9]
  • Mrs. Grace Dally, (b. 1846), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 5th October 1868 aboard the ship "Mermaid" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 8th January 1869 [9]
  • Mr. Caleb Dally, (b. 1846), aged 22, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [10]
  • Mrs. Grace Dally, (b. 1846), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [10]
  • Mr. John May Dally, (b. 1849), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer, from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dally (post 1700) +

  • J. Irvin Dally, American folk singer-songwriter
  • Clarence Madison Dally (1865-1904), American glassblower
  • William Morris Dally (1908-1996), American Olympic rower
  • Lyman M. Dally, American illustrator and former competitive bodybuilder
  • Craig Dally, American Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Ann Dally (1929-2007), English author and psychiatrist
  • Hans Dally (1916-1997), highly decorated German Hauptmann in the Luftwaffe during World War II


The Dally Motto +

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


  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishSovereign.htm
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  8. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1858.shtml.
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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