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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.".

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Early History of the Dolan family

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Early History of the Dolan family


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Another 356 words (25 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.

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Dolan Spelling Variations

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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.

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Early Notables of the Dolan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dolan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dolan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dolan family to the New World and Oceana


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Michael Dolan, who arrived in America in 1793 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Martin Dolan, who arrived in Virginia in 1813 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Hugh Dolan, aged 23, who landed in Missouri in 1843 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Nicholas Dolan, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Frances Dolan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Walter Dolan, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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.)

Dolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Dolan, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • Eleanor Dolan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • Mary Dolan, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • John Dolan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  • Charles Dolan, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • 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
  • Phillip Dolan, aged 7, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • John Dolan, aged 5, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolan (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolan (post 1700)


  • Robert "Bob" Dolan (1929-2016), American marine geologist, Professor of Coastal Geology at the University of Virginia
  • James L. Dolan (b. 1956), American businessman, President and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Tom Dolan (b. 1975), American swimmer with two Olympic gold medals
  • James H Dolan (1885-1977), American educator, 2nd President of Fairfield University
  • Cornelius D. Dolan, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Jackson County 6th District, 1903-04
  • Christopher Dolan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Seymour, 1948
  • Chester A. Dolan Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1940, 1948, 1956 (alternate) ; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1955
  • Charles F. Dolan, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1916
  • Arthur J. Dolan Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952, 1956 (alternate)
  • Alice M. Dolan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1964
  • ... (Another 48 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Historic Events for the Dolan family

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Historic Events for the Dolan family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Paul Dolan, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Suggested Readings for the name Dolan

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Suggested Readings for the name Dolan


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

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  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
  4. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  5. ^ 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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