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Dorley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms




Early Origins of the Dorley family


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 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 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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Migration of the Dorley family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 emigrated to the United States from Korkhill, in 1897

Dorley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Dorley, aged 28, who emigrated 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
  • Shana Dorley, American actress

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