Dougharty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name Dougharty 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 Dougharty family

The surname Dougharty 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.

Important Dates for the Dougharty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dougharty research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1587, 1608 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Dougharty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dougharty Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Dougharty are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Dockeray, Dockerty, Dockharty, Dogherty, Dougharty, Dougherty, Doherty, Doherety, Dohertey, Docherty, Docharty, MacDevitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Dougharty 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 Paulet. He had quarreled with Paulet for some time and some claim...
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dougharty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dougharty migration to the United States

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dougharty or a variant listed above:

Dougharty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Dougharty, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Dougharty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Dougharty, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • William Dougharty, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]

Dougharty migration to Australia

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

Dougharty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J.G. Dougharty, who arrived in Victoria, Australia in 1843; his photogrpah appears on a historical photographic montage by Thomas Foster Chuck entitled The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Dougharty (post 1700)

  • Dennis Dougharty, American Bishop of Buffalo
  • John Dougharty, Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Council (1882-1884), (1884-1886) and (1886-1888)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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