Dayley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Dayley is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly."
Early Origins of the Dayley family
The surname Dayley 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." 
Early History of the Dayley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dayley 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 Dayley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dayley Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Dayley dating from that time include Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.
Early Notables of the Dayley 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. " 
Angus O'Daly (d. 1617), was the Irish...
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Dayley migration to the United States +
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Dayley or a variant listed above, including:
Dayley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Geo Dayley, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 
- Norris Dayley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 
Dayley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Dayley, who landed in America in 1801 
- Pat Dayley, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1812 
- Mary Dayley, aged 60, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 
Dayley migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dayley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Alice Dayley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Contemporary Notables of the name Dayley (post 1700) +
- Thomas E. Dayley (b. 1944), American politician, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives (2012-)
- Kenneth Grant "Ken" Dayley (b. 1959), American former professional baseball pitcher who played from 1982 to 1993
- Anna G. W. Dayley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1924 
- K. Newell Dayley (b. 1939), American Latter Day Saint composer, hymnwriter and musician
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The Dayley 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
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- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html