Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Dorcy is "O'Dorchaidhe," from the word "dorcha," which means "dark." Alternatively, some branches of the family may be descended from Norman stock; the name is also derived from "Arcy," the name of a place in La Manche, Normandy
. In this case, the surname would refer to "one from Arcy."
Early Origins of the Dorcy family
The surname Dorcy 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
from ancient times.
Early History of the Dorcy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorcy research.Another 675 words (48 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1334, 1384, 1725, 1779, 1598, 1668, 1598 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Dorcy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorcy Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations
of the surname Dorcy were found in the archives researched. These included Dorcey, Dorcy, Dorsey, Darcey, D'Arcy, O'Dorcey, MacDarcy, Darsy and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorcy family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir John D'Arcy, chief Governor of Ireland
under Kings Edward I
, II, III (14th century); Patrick Darcy (1598-1668) a... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorcy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorcy family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Dorcy: Edward Dorsey, who came to Virginia in 1646; Michael Darcy, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767; George Darcy, who was living in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dorcy (post 1700)
- Ben Dorcy (1925-2017), American roadie, the first person to be inducted into the Roadies Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2009
The Dorcy Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Un dieu, un roi
Motto Translation: One God, one king.