Doorly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Doorly family

The surname Doorly was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat as a sept of Ui Maine (Hy Main) one of the most important groups of clanns in Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in County Offaly.

Early History of the Doorly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doorly research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Doorly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doorly Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Doorley, Dorley, O'Dorely, O'Doorley, Dorly and many more.

Early Notables of the Doorly family (pre 1700)

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Canada Doorly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doorly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Doorly, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Washington" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [1]

Australia Doorly migration to Australia +

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

Doorly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Doorly, Irish convict who was convicted in County Offaly (King's County), Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in 19th April 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1837 aboard the ship [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Doorly (post 1700) +

  • Henry Doorly (1879-1961), Barbados-born, American engineer and publisher, Chairman of the World Publishing Company and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Nebraska
  • The Most Reverend Edward Doorly (1868-1950), Irish Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of Elphin from 1926 to 1950
  • Victoria Eleanor Louise Doorly (1880-1950), British writer of children's books, winner of the 1939 Carnegie Medal in Literature for her book The Radium Woman
  • Lieutenant Gerald S. Doorly, British Royal Navy officer British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04, eponym of Mount Doorly, Antarctica


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta


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