Dolan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English from Irish Gaelic, Dolan appeared as O Dobhailen or " Dubhshláin," which combines the Gaelic elements "Dubh," meaning dark, with "shláin," meaning challenge or defiance.

Early Origins of the Dolan family

The surname Dolan was first found in Leinster, where they are believed to be descended from Eochaidh, King of Leinster, and became one of the "Seven septs of Leix.".

Early History of the Dolan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dolan research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Dolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dolan Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Dolan were encountered in the archives: Dolan, Doland, Dooley, Dowling, Doolin, Doolan, O'Dooley, O'Dolan, O'Doolin, Dollan, Dolland, Dooland, Dowlling, Doolley and many more.

Early Notables of the Dolan family (pre 1700)

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United States Dolan migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Dolan family came to North America quite early:

Dolan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Dolan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Michael Dolan, who arrived in America in 1793 [1]
Dolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Dolan, who arrived in Virginia in 1813 [1]
  • Hugh Dolan, aged 23, who landed in Missouri in 1843 [1]
  • Nicholas Dolan, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Frances Dolan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
  • Walter Dolan, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dolan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles H Dolan, who landed in Mississippi in 1903 [1]

Canada Dolan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dolan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Dolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Ann Dolan, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Bryan Dolan, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • John Dolan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mary Dolan, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Dolan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Dolan, British Convict who was convicted in Manchester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 9th March 1847, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • John Dolan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [3]
  • James Dolan, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [3]
  • Eleanor Dolan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [3]
  • Mary Dolan, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dolan 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:

Dolan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Dolan, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Miss Ann Dolan, (b. 1843), aged 16, English domestic servant from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Dolan, (b. 1837), aged 28, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [5]
  • David Dolan, aged 35, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Bridget Dolan, aged 35, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dolan (post 1700) +

  • William C. Dolan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948
  • William Augustus Dolan (1883-1952), American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Sussex County, 1937-39
  • Warren R. Dolan, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 2nd District, 1954
  • Thomas F. Dolan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1950
  • Thomas D. Dolan, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1966
  • T. Frank Dolan Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960
  • T. E. Dolan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928
  • T. Frank Dolan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928
  • Robert J. Dolan, American politician, Mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts, 2007-11
  • Robert Dolan (b. 1956), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2004
  • ... (Another 49 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Paul Dolan, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]
Hindenburg LZ-129
  • Mr. Burtis J. Dolan (1890-1937), American Vice President for Perfume Importer from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and died in the Airship Fire [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Dolan +

  • 1102 "The Dolan Family, 1811-1983" by Ellen Urness, "The Seeds of the Planter: Our Family Story from 1636-1975" by Geraldine D. Gallagher.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1847
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ Hindenburg Disaster Passenger List | Airships.net. (Retrieved 2014, April 11) . Retrieved from http://www.airships.net/hindenburg/disaster/hindenburg-passenger-list/


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