The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Doulittle is O Dubhlachta. Dubh, the first portion of this name, means black, while the second portion is likely derived from some obsolete Irish forename.
Early Origins of the Doulittle family
The surname Doulittle was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Doulittle family
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Doulittle Spelling Variations
The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Doulittle family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Doolittle, Dolittle, Dulittle, Doelittle and others.
Early Notables of the Doulittle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Doulittle family to the New World and Oceana
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families
left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Doulittle: John Doolittle of Lynn Massachusetts who settled there in 1643 and became Constable of Boston; Abraham Doolittle who settled in Wallingford and had many children, descendants settled in the town of Northfield Massachusetts and Belchertown New Britain, Connecticut, Winchester Conn. Torrington Conn..