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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Doley is O Dubhlaoich, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and laoch, referring to a hero or champion.

Doley Early Origins



The surname Doley was first found in Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Doley Spelling Variations


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Doley Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Most names were spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Doley family name.Variations found include Dooley, Dooly, O'Dooley, O'Dooly and others.

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Doley Early History


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Doley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doley research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Doley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Doley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Doley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Doley 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 immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Doley or one of its variants: Lawrence Dooley settled in New England in 1774; followed by Bernard, Daniel, Henry, James, John, Martin, Michael, Steven, Thomas, William, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..

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