The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Dollittle is O Dubhlachta. Dubh, the first portion of this name, means black, while the second portion is likely derived from some obsolete Irish forename.
Early Origins of the Dollittle family
The surname Dollittle was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Dollittle family
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Dollittle Spelling Variations
One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the Dollittle family name include Doolittle, Dolittle, Dulittle, Doelittle and others.
Early Notables of the Dollittle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dollittle family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Dollittle: John Doolittle of Lynn Massachusetts who settled there in 1643 and became Constable of Boston; Abraham Doolittle who settled in Wallingford and had many children, descendants settled in the town of Northfield Massachusetts and Belchertown New Britain, Connecticut, Winchester Conn. Torrington Conn..