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The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Doherty is O Dochartaigh, from the word "dochartach," which means hurtful or obstructive and in this case, it would be termed as a nickname.

Doherty Early Origins



The surname Doherty was first found in at Inishowen, in the barony of Raphoe, in County Donegal, where they were a large and influential sept, and were kin to the O'Donnells. They were one of the principal Irish clans to resist the Norman invasion of 1170 and were known as the Lords of Innishowen directly descended from the distinguished Irish General King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings. The MacDevitts, who exist in large numbers in Inishowen, are descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill who was killed in 1208. Some members of the MacDevitt branch migrated to the territory of Oriel, now counties Louth, Monaghan, and south Down. There the "D" was aspirated creating the early Anglicization MacCaveat, and then the variation MacKevitt. Expanding their territory, they came to rule the peninsula of Inishowen in the 14th century. However, the poorly-timed and disastrous rebellion against the English crown led by Sir Cahir O'Dougherty in 1608, drastically reduced the power of the once powerful sept.

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Doherty Spelling Variations


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Doherty Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Doherty revealed spelling variations, including Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.

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Doherty Early History


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Doherty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doherty research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1587, 1608 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Doherty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Doherty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Doherty Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Cahir O'Dougherty (1587-1608), leader of the rebellion in 1608, the last Gaelic Lord of Inishowen. Angered by the confiscation of his lands for the Plantation of Ulster, he sacked and burned the town of Derry and killed the Governor, Sir George...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doherty 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 left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Doherty name:

Doherty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Doherty, who arrived in New England in 1777

Doherty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh, Doherty Jr., aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Elinor Doherty, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • George Doherty, aged 21, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • James Doherty, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • H Doherty, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Doherty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Doherty from County Wexford, was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1797 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Doherty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Doherty, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Daniel Doherty, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Edward Doherty, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Doherty, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Jude Doherty, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Doherty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • William J Doherty, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Doherty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Doherty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  • John Doherty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Honora Doherty, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Honora Doherty, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Amelia Doherty, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Doherty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Doherty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Rose Doherty, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Michael Doherty, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
  • Matthew Doherty, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Grace Doherty, aged 40, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Isle of Bute" in 1879
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Doherty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Doherty (post 1700)



  • William Charles Doherty (b. 1902), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, 1962-64
  • William A. Doherty, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1944; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1946
  • William C. Doherty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1964
  • W. J. Doherty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • Thomas V. Doherty, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1924, 1940
  • Thomas A. Doherty, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 14th District, 1920
  • Thomas Doherty, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1949
  • Steve Doherty, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2000
  • Sean Doherty, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 2008
  • Raymond T. Doherty, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1944; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 7th District, 1952
  • ... (Another 64 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Doherty Historic Events


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Doherty Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William John Doherty (d. 1912), (aka "James Moran"), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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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: Ar Ndutcas
Motto Translation: Our heritage


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851

Other References

  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  4. 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).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  11. ...

The Doherty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doherty 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 31 October 2016 at 08:50.

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