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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Doolittle is O Dubhlachta. Dubh, the first portion of this name, means black, while the second portion is likely derived from some obsolete Irish forename.
The surname Doolittle was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Doolittle revealed many variations, including Doolittle, Dolittle, Dulittle, Doelittle and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doolittle research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Doolittle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Doolittle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Doolittle or one of its variants:
Doolittle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Doolittle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Doolittle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doolittle 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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