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Where did the Irish Doolan family come from? What is the Irish Doolan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Doolan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Doolan family history?

Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English from Irish Gaelic, Doolan appeared as O Dobhailen or " Dubhshláin," which combines the Gaelic elements "Dubh," meaning dark, with "shláin," meaning challenge or defiance.


Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Doolan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dolan, Doland, Dooley, Dowling, Doolin, Doolan, O'Dooley, O'Dolan, O'Doolin, Dollan, Dolland, Dooland, Dowlling, Doolley and many more.

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.".


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doolan research. Another 356 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Doolan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doolan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Doolan or a variant listed above:

Doolan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Doolan, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Doolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T Doolan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas Doolan, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Willm Doolan, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Honor Doolan, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Richd Doolan, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854

Doolan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Doolan, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Bridget Doolan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Doolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Doolan, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Doolan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Barney Doolan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Mary Doolan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Ann Doolan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849


  • Michael Joseph "Mickey" Doolan (1880-1951), American Major League Baseball player
  • John James "Jack" Doolan (1919-2002), American NFL football running back
  • Kris Doolan (b. 1986), Scottish footballer
  • Edwin Myer Doolan (b. 1941), Australian-born, British radio presenter
  • Jack Doolan, English actor
  • Wendy Doolan (b. 1968), Australian professional LPGA golfer
  • John Doolan (b. 1974), English footballer
  • Ben Doolan (b. 1973), former Australian rules footballer
  • Mr. Andrew Doolan (d. 1941), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking


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The Doolan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doolan 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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