Show ContentsDarcey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Darcey is "O'Dorchaidhe," from the word "dorcha," which means "dark." Alternatively, some branches of the family may be descended from Norman stock; the name is also derived from "Arcy," the name of a place in La Manche, Normandy. In this case, the surname would refer to "one from Arcy."

Early Origins of the Darcey family

The surname Darcey was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Darcey family

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Darcey Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Darcey family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dorcey, Dorcy, Dorsey, Darcey, D'Arcy, O'Dorcey, MacDarcy, Darsy and many more.

Early Notables of the Darcey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir John D'Arcy, chief Governor of Ireland under Kings Edward I, II, III (14th century); Patrick Darcy (1598-1668) a...
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United States Darcey migration to the United States +

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Darcey:

Darcey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Darcey, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • James Darcey, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844

Canada Darcey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Darcey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Darcey, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
Darcey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Darcey from Ballyneale, Tipperary, who was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1824 [2]
  • Mrs. Margaret Darcey, aged 45 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Albion" departing 19th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but she died on board [3]

Australia Darcey migration to Australia +

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

Darcey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Darcey, (Darcy), (b. 1814), aged 16, English shoe maker's boy who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Dunvegan Castle" on 13th March 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • James Darcey, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [5]
  • Ellen Darcey, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darcey (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Darcey, American politician, Representative from New York 16th District, 1940 [7]
  • P. J. Darcey, American politician, Warden (borough president) of Winsted, Connecticut, 1911 [7]
  • Joseph W. Darcey, American politician, Mayor of Winsted, Connecticut, 1941-47; First selectman of Winchester, Connecticut, 1947 [7]
  • Dame Darcey Bussell CBE (b. 1969), born Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle, the retired English ballerina

The Darcey 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: Un dieu, un roi
Motto Translation: One God, one king.

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  2. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved
  6. South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook