Delahunt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Delahunt was written O Dulchaointigh, which comes from the word dulchaointeach, which refers to a satirist. The ancestor of this Irish family is said to have been Muintir Cormac or Muintir Dulchonta, which was gradually anglicized over the years, until it was rendered as Delahunt or Delahunty. Although the name appears quite French, it seems highly unlikely that there are any French origins to the name, other than the Norman influence of the clerks, who began processing Irish names, as early as the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Delahunt family
The surname Delahunt was first found in Ormond, where records of the name can be found in deeds from around 1441 on. Petty's "census" of 1659 showed bearers of Delahunt in counties Offaly (King's county) and Kilkenny. The ancient and important Delahunt sept sometimes claims descent from the O'Hara Buidhe, Chiefs of Leyney in County Sligo, through Lughaidh.
Early History of the Delahunt family
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Delahunt Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Delahunt that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Delahunt, Delahunty, DeLahunte, DeLaHunty, De-la-Hunt, Delahunt and many more.
Early Notables of the Delahunt family (pre 1700)
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Delahunt migration to the United States +
Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Delahunt:
Delahunt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rose Delahunt, a bonded passenger who arrived in Maryland in 1755
Delahunt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard Delahunt, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
- Charles Delahunt, aged 39, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 
- Thomas Delahunt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
- Thomas Delahunt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 
- John Delahunt, who landed in Mississippi in 1842 
Delahunt migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Delahunt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Paul Delahunt, aged 27 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Milton" departing 5th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board 
Delahunt migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Delahunt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Anne Delahunt, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Delahunt (post 1700) +
- William D. Delahunt (b. 1941), American politician, former U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 10th congressional district
- Walter Delahunt (b. 1956), Canadian pianist, winner of the W. O. Forsyth Award (1978)
- Meaghan Delahunt (b. 1961), Australian-born, Scottish novelist
- Jim Delahunt, Scottish sports television presenter
- Nancy Delahunt (b. 1959), Canadian seven-time gold medalist curler
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The Delahunt 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: In fide et in bello fortes
Motto Translation: Firm in faith and war.
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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)