Doheny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Doheny family

The surname Doheny was first found in Cornwall where the family held at one time fifteen manors and were descended by an heiress to the house of Courtenay Earl of Devon about the reign of Edward II. [1]

It is known to be a "Norman family by reputation, and said to be traced to the Conquest, descended from Sir William Downay, who was in the wars in the Holy Land with Richard I. in 1192, at which time that King gave him, in memory of his acts of valour, a ring from his finger, which is still in possession of the family." [1]

The actual spelling of Sir William is under dispute as another reference claims William D'Aunay accompanied Richard I. to Palestine. [2]

This latter reference digs further to their earlier life in Normandy where the name was also known as "De Alneto, a branch of the baronial house of Bassett, deriving from Fulco or Fulcelin de Alneto, brother of Osmond Bassett, Baron of Normanville in 1050." [2]

"The manors of East and West Antony, [Cornwall] though separated for several ages, were originally in the family of Dawney or Danny; and after passing through many changes, they are again re-united in the possession of the Right Hon. Reginald Pole Carew. East Antony was carried by an heiress from the Dawneys to the Archdeknes. This transfer must have taken place so early as the fourteenth century, since Sir Waren Archdekne, or Erchdeken, left three daughters, one of whom was married to Sir Thomas Arundell, died possessed of this manor in the year 1420." [3]

"The manor of West Antony, which, as we have already noted was originally in the family of Dawney, passed by a daughter from Sir John Dawney, her father, to Sir Edward Courtenay, her husband, and was for several generations possessed by the Earls of Devonshire of that name. The manor of Tregantle, like East and West Antony, was originally in the family of Dawney, from whom it passed to the Courtenays." [3]

"The church of Sheviock was founded and endowed by those knightly gentlemen, lords of the barton and manor of Sheviock, surnamed Daunye, or Dawnye; so called from the manor of Stanacomb Dawney in Devonshire, whereof they were lords; heretofore privileged with the jurisdiction of life and member." [3]

Early History of the Doheny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doheny research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455, 1487, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1661, 1690, 1664, 1741, 1690, 1707, 1708 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Doheny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doheny Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dawney, Dawny, Dawn, Dawnie, Dawne, Dawnay, Dawnsey, Daun, Dorn, Dorne and many more.

Early Notables of the Doheny family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Dawnay of Womersley, Yorkshire; and his son, John Dawnay, 1st Viscount Downe (c 1625-1695), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1660-1661) and Pontefract (1661-1690.)...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doheny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Doheny migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doheny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Phillp Doheny went to New York in 1844
  • Phillip Doheny, who arrived in New York in 1844 [4]
  • Ml Doheny, who arrived in New York, New York in 1868 when he or she was 19
  • Edward J. Doheny who went to Philadelphia in 1880
  • James Doheny, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Doheny migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doheny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Jane Doheny, aged 7 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naparina" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Doheny (post 1700) +

  • Edward Laurence Doheny (1856-1935), American oil tycoon who drilled the first successful oil well in the Los Angeles City Oil Field, eponym of the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library, after the tragic shooting of his son
  • Carrie Estelle Doheny, wife of Edward Doheny, American founder of Doheny Eye Institute (Doheny Eye or DEI) in 1947, a basic and clinical research center, among the top 5 ophthalmology institutes in the United States
  • Ned Doheny (b. 1948), born Patrick Anson Doheny, an American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Edwin Richard "Ed" Doheny (1874-1916), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1895 to 1903, but he violently attacked several people, was declared insane and committed to an asylum where he died on December 29, 1916
  • John Steven "Pip" Doheny (b. 1953), American jazz musician from Seattle, Washington
  • Michael Doheny (1805-1806), Irish writer from Fethard, Co. Tipperary, one of the prime movers for confederacy in Ireland in 1840 as well as one of the founders of the Fenian Movement in the United States
  • Jer Doheny (1874-1929), Irish hurler for the Kilkenny senior team (1893-1905)


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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. 24)


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