Show ContentsDooling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of the name Dooling is O Dubhlaoich, derived from the words dubh, which means "dark featured, great, prodigious, burned" [1], and laoch, referring to a hero or champion.

Early Origins of the Dooling family

The surname Dooling 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. According to O'Hart, the family claim descent through the MacMorough family which are descendants of the Heremon Kings of Ireland and were Chiefs in the County Wicklow and Queen's County. [1]

Early History of the Dooling family

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Dooling Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Dooling can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Dowling, O'Dowling, Doolan, Doolin, Dooling, Dowlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Dooling family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thady Dowling (1544-1628), an Irish annalist and language grammarian. "was a member of an old native family in the part of Ireland now known as the Queen's County. Of his life little is known beyond the circumstance of his having been about 1590 ecclesiastical treasurer of the see of Leighlin in the county of Carlow. In 1591 Dowling was advanced to the chancellorship of that see. He is mentioned in the record of a regal visitation in 1615 as an ancient Irish minister aged seventy-one, qualified to teach...
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United States Dooling 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 Dooling name:

Dooling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Dooling, who landed in Virginia in 1752 [2]
Dooling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Dooling, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [2]

Australia Dooling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dooling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Dooling, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Arthur Dooling, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Dooling migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dooling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Dooling, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
  • Bridget Dooling, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Dooling (post 1700) +

  • Martin T. Dooling (1886-1966), American bronze medalist soccer player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • John Francis Dooling Jr. (1908-1981), American federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Maurice Timothy Dooling (1860-1924), United States federal judge
  • Peter Joseph Dooling (1857-1931), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Richard Patrick Dooling (b. 1954), American novelist and screenwriter, finalist for the 1994 National Book Award for Fiction
  • Keyon Latwae Dooling (b. 1980), American professional NBA basketball point guard with the Boston Celtics
  • Brigadier-General Henry Chessman Dooling (1887-1972), American Chief Health Officer Panama Canal Zone (1944-1945) [5]

  1. O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from
  5. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Henry Dooling. Retrieved from on Facebook