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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 Darcy 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."

Darcy Early Origins



The surname Darcy 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.

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Darcy Spelling Variations


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Darcy Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name Darcy family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Dorcey, Dorcy, Dorsey, Darcey, D'Arcy, O'Dorcey, MacDarcy, Darsy and many more.

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Darcy Early History


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Darcy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darcy research. Another 675 words (48 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1334, 1384, 1725, 1779, 1598, 1668, 1598 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Darcy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Darcy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Darcy Early Notables (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...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darcy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Darcy or a variant listed above:

Darcy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Darcy, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Eliz Darcy, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Thomas Darcy, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Bartho Darcy, who landed in Virginia in 1697

Darcy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Darcy, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Michael Darcy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Michael Darcy, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767

Darcy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Darcy, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • John Darcy, who came to New York in 1850
  • Bridget D'Arcy, who was on record in Illinois in 1853
  • Daniel Darcy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Darcy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Darcy, who was living in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Darcy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Darcy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Edward Darcy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Honora Darcy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Mrs. Johanna Darcy, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Scotland" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 23)
  • Mrs. Judith Darcy, aged 50 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on June 16th, 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 23)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Darcy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John D'Arcy, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Patrick D'Arcy, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Margaret D'Arcy, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Thomas Darcy, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Margaret D'Arcy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Darcy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Darcy (post 1700)



  • Major-General Thomas Connell Darcy (1910-1998), American Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans & Programs (1957)
  • Paul F. Darcy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Swansea, 1922
  • P. H. D'Arcy, American politician, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, 1891-92
  • John L. D'Arcy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1936, 1937
  • Jo Anne Darcy (b. 1931), American Republican politician, Mayor of Santa Clarita, California, 1991, 1995, 1999-2000
  • James A. D'Arcy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • James Darcy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1860-63
  • Brian E. Darcy, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Thomas Francis Darcy (1932-2000), American Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist
  • Eamonn Darcy (b. 1952), Irish PGA golfer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Darcy Historic Events


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Darcy Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Darcy, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ 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. 23)

Other References

  1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Darcy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Darcy 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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