The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Dorrity is O Dochartaigh, from the word "dochartach," which means hurtful or obstructive and in this case, it would be termed as a nickname.
Early Origins of the Dorrity family
The surname Dorrity was first found in at Inishowen
, in the barony of Raphoe, in County Donegal
, where they were a large and influential sept, and were kin to the O'Donnells.
They were one of the principal Irish clans to resist the Norman invasion of 1170 and were known as the Lords of Innishowen directly descended from the distinguished Irish General King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who was descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings.
The MacDevitts, who exist in large numbers in Inishowen, are descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill who was killed in 1208. Some members of the MacDevitt branch migrated to the territory of Oriel, now counties Louth, Monaghan, and south Down. There the "D" was aspirated creating the early Anglicization MacCaveat, and then the variation MacKevitt.
Expanding their territory, they came to rule the peninsula of Inishowen in the 14th century. However, the poorly-timed and disastrous rebellion against the English crown led by Sir Cahir O'Dougherty in 1608, drastically reduced the power of the once powerful sept.
Early History of the Dorrity family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorrity research.Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1587, 1608 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Dorrity History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorrity Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Dorrity that are preserved in archival documents are Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorrity family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Sir Cahir O'Dougherty (1587-1608), leader of the rebellion in 1608, the last Gaelic Lord of Inishowen
. Angered by the confiscation of his lands for the Plantation of Ulster
, he sacked and burned the town of Derry and killed the Governor, Sir George... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorrity Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorrity family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dorrity Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Dorrity, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
The Dorrity 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: Ar Ndutcas
Motto Translation: Our heritage