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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 Dolley is O Dubhlaoich, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and laoch, referring to a hero or champion.

Dolley Early Origins



The surname Dolley 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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Dolley Spelling Variations


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Dolley Spelling Variations



One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Dolley family name include Dooley, Dooly, O'Dooley, O'Dooly and others.

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Dolley Early History


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Dolley Early History



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

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Dolley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dolley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dolley 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dolley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William H Dolley, who landed in Canada in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolley (post 1700)



  • Stephen B. Dolley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Gastonia, North Carolina, 1920-21 (acting, 1920-21)
  • Julia P. Dolley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996
  • J. N. Dolley, American Republican politician, Speaker of the Kansas State House of Representatives, 1909-10

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