Show ContentsDolin 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, Dolin appeared as O Dobhailen or " Dubhshláin," which combines the Gaelic elements "Dubh," meaning dark, with "shláin," meaning challenge or defiance. [1]

Early Origins of the Dolin family

The surname Dolin 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 Dolin family

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Dolin Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Dolin that are preserved in archival documents are Dolan, Doland, Dooley, Dowling, Doolin, Doolan, O'Dooley, O'Dolan, O'Doolin, Dollan, Dolland, Dooland, Dowlling, Doolley and many more.

Early Notables of the Dolin family (pre 1700)

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Dolin Ranking

In the United States, the name Dolin is the 17,796th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Dolin migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Dolin name:

Dolin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Dolin, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [3]
  • John Dolin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]
  • Anna Dolin, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
Dolin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • David Dolin, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Swire, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Dolin, aged 15, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Margaret Dolin, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Thomas M Dolin, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Daniel Dolin, aged 22, who landed in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dolin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dolin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Brian Dolin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Dolin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Dolin, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Dolin (post 1700) +

  • Eric Jay Dolin (b. 1961), American author who writes history books on maritime topics, wildlife, and the environment
  • Mary Elisabeth Dolin (1936-1985), American-born politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • Marty Dolin (b. 1939), American-born politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • Martin Mathew "Marty" Dolin (1939-2018), American-born, Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1985 to 1988
  • Samuel Joseph Dolin (1917-2002), Canadian composer, music educator, and arts administrator
  • Sir Anton Dolin (1904-1983), stage name of Sydney Francis Patrick Healey-Kay, British dancer and choreographer

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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) on Facebook