The surname Dorley 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 EnglandScotland, 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.
Important Dates for the Dorley family
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Dorley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Doorley, Dorley, O'Dorely, O'Doorley, Dorly and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorley family (pre 1700)
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Dorley migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Dorley Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Dorley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wm. L. Dorley, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1895
Eliz. Dorley, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1896
Michael Dorley, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Korkhill, in 1897
Dorley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
James Dorley, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
John Dorley, aged 55, who settled in America from Kilmagany, Ireland, in 1908
D. H. Dorley, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1921
Daniel Dorley, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Dorley (post 1700)
Marcia Dorley, American actress, known for her role in All My Father's Children (2014)
Private August Dorley (1842-1867), German soldier who fought in the American Civil War and received the Medal of Honor, for his action at Mount Pleasant, Alabama on 11 April 1865