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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Dolley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dolley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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