Daugherty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Daugherty is O Dochartaigh, from the word "dochartach," which means hurtful or obstructive and in this case, it would be termed as a nickname.

Early Origins of the Daugherty family

The surname Daugherty was first found in at Inishowen, in the barony of Raphoe, in County Donegal, where they were a large and influential sept, and were kin to the O'Donnells.

They were one of the principal Irish clans to resist the Norman invasion of 1170 and were known as the Lords of Innishowen directly descended from the distinguished Irish General King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings.

The MacDevitts, who exist in large numbers in Inishowen, are descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill who was killed in 1208. Some members of the MacDevitt branch migrated to the territory of Oriel, now counties Louth, Monaghan, and south Down. There the "D" was aspirated creating the early Anglicization MacCaveat, and then the variation MacKevitt.

Expanding their territory, they came to rule the peninsula of Inishowen in the 14th century. However, the poorly-timed and disastrous rebellion against the English crown led by Sir Cahir O'Dougherty in 1608, drastically reduced the power of the once powerful sept.

"The O'Doghertys were a powerful Sept in County Donegal, and were located in Inishowen Barony, of which O'Dogherty was Lord. The Doghertys or Dohertys are numerously represented there at the present time." [1]

Early History of the Daugherty family

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Daugherty Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Daugherty were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Daugherty family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Cahir O'Dougherty (1587-1608), leader of the rebellion in 1608, the last Gaelic Lord of Inishowen. Angered by the confiscation of his lands for the Plantation of Ulster, he sacked and burned the town of Derry and killed the Governor, Sir George Paulet. He had quarreled with Paulet for some time and some claim that Paulet had assaulted him. The real reason for the...
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Daugherty Ranking

In the United States, the name Daugherty is the 880th most popular surname with an estimated 34,818 people with that name. [2]

United States Daugherty migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Daugherty family in North America:

Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Daugherty, who landed in America in 1795 [3]
  • Neal Daugherty, who landed in America in 1795 [3]
Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Daugherty, who arrived in Maryland in 1803 [3]
  • Mathew Daugherty, who arrived in America in 1803 [3]
  • Dennis Daugherty, aged 33, who arrived in Delaware in 1813 [3]
  • Patrick Daugherty, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • William J. Daugherty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Daugherty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Daugherty, aged 18, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1900
  • Annie Daugherty, aged 9, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Charles Daugherty, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1905
  • Denis Daugherty, aged 23, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1905
  • Edwin S. Daugherty, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Daugherty (post 1700) +

  • Harold Ray "Doc" Daugherty (1927-2015), American Major League Baseball player and manager who played one game for the Detroit Tigers in 1951
  • Richard Deo Daugherty (1922-2014), American archaeologist and professor, who led the excavation of the Ozette Indian Village Archeological Site in Washington state during the 1970s
  • Brigadier-General Lester Amiel Daugherty (1891-1995), American Professor of Military Science & Tactics, University of Santa Clara, California (1949) [4]
  • Michael Daugherty (b. 1954), American composer
  • James Henry Daugherty (1889-1974), American author and illustrator
  • George Daugherty (b. 1955), American-born conductor and director
  • Derri Daugherty (b. 1958), American record producer, songwriter, guitarist
  • Christi Daugherty (b. 1964), American journalist and author
  • Bradley Lee Daugherty (b. 1965), American former basketball player
  • D. E. Daugherty, American politician, Delegate to Montana convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [5]
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraterville mine
  • Mr. Noah Daugherty (d. 1902), American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [6]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Paul Eugene Daugherty, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]

The Daugherty 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: Ar Ndutcas
Motto Translation: Our heritage

  1. ^ Matheson, Robert E., Special Report on Surnames in Ireland with Notes as to Numeric Strength, Derivation, Ethnology, and Distribution. Dublin: Alexander Thom & Co., 1894. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Lester Daugherty. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Daugherty/Lester_Amiel/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  7. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html

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