Dooly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Dooly 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 Dooly family

The surname Dooly 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 Dooly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dooly research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1622, 1702, 1787, 1844, 1787 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Dooly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dooly Spelling Variations

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 Dooly revealed many variations, including Dooley, Dooly, O'Dooley, O'Dooly and others.

Early Notables of the Dooly family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Richard Dowley (1622-1702), English nonconformist divine, son of John Dowley, vicar of Alveston, near Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. Sir James Dowling (1787-1844), was a Australian colonial judge, born in London on 25 Nov. 1787. His father, Vincent Dowling, was a native of Queen's...
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United States Dooly migration to the United States +

A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Dooly or one of its variants:

Dooly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Dooly, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [2]
Dooly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Dooly, who landed in Mississippi in 1843 [2]
  • Edward Dooly, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Elisabeth Dooly, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Kean Dooly, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Thomas Dooly, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1857 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dooly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dooly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Dooly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829

Australia Dooly migration to Australia +

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

Dooly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edmond Dooly, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Patrick Dooly, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • William Dooly, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Contemporary Notables of the name Dooly (post 1700) +

  • John E. Dooly (b. 1841), American prominent civic leader in Salt Lake City, Utah, founder of the Dooly Building, at 109 West Second South Street
  • Colonel John Dooly (1740-1780), American Revolutionary War commander of a regiment at the Battle of Kettle Creek in 1779 and was killed at his home by Tories in 1780

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Peter Anthony Dooly, British Midshipman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [3]


  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. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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