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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Dea originally appeared in Gaelic as O Deaghaidh or O Diaghaidh.

Dea Early Origins



The surname Dea was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'Dea was chief of Dysart-O'Dea, now the parish of Dysart, barony of Inchiquin, one of the original chiefs and clans of ancient Thomond. Today Dysert O'Dea Castle still stands near Corofin, County Clare with its Romanesque Doorway and High Cross and was the site of the Battle of Dysert O'Dea in 1318. It was here that the Irish chieftain Conor O'Dea, chief of the Cineal Fearmaic and ally of Murtough O'Brien, stood his ground only to be defeated by the invading forces from Scotland.

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Dea Spelling Variations


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Dea Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dea family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Day, Dea, O'Dea and others.

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Dea Early History


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Dea Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dea research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1318 and 1434 are included under the topic Early Dea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dea Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dea Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Most Rev. Thomas O'Dea; and Cornelius O'Dea (d. 1434), Archdeacon of Killaloe and later Bishop of Limerick. Three items of his have survived over the centuries: his Mitre, Crozier and a manuscript now entitled "The Black Book of Limerick." Today, they are...

Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dea 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



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Dea:

Dea Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Dea, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Samuel Dea, who arrived in New York in 1784

Dea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Dea, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • Michael Dea, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848
  • Ellen Dea, aged 35, landed in New York in 1864

Dea Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. John Dea, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]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. Mary Dea, aged 62 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Elizabeth" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]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)

Dea Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Dea arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF ROXBURGE. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838DukeOfRoxburghe.htm

Dea Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Dea, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Bridget Dea, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Patrick Dea, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dea (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dea (post 1700)



  • William Fraser "Billy" Dea (b. 1933), Canadian former professional ice hockey centre and head coach in the National Hockey League, nicknamed "Hard Rock"
  • Matt Dea, Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF ROXBURGE. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838DukeOfRoxburghe.htm

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  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. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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The Dea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dea 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.

This page was last modified on 28 October 2016 at 14:01.

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