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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.

Delahunt Early Origins



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.

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Delahunt Spelling Variations


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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.

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Delahunt Early History


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Delahunt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delahunt research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1670 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Delahunt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Delahunt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Delahunt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delahunt 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



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. 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 settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Charles Delahunt, aged 39, arrived in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Thomas Delahunt, 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 Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Anne Delahunt, aged 29, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Delahunt (post 1700)


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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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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: In fide et in bello fortes
Motto Translation: Firm in faith and war.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Delahunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Delahunt 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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