Show ContentsDulanty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Dulanty was written Ó Dulchaointigh, which comes from the word dulchaointeach, which refers to a satirist. 1 The ancestor of this Irish family is said to have been Muintir Cormac or Muintir Dulchonta, which was gradually anglicized over the years, until it was rendered as Delahunt or Delahunty.

Although the name appears quite French, it seems highly unlikely that there are any French origins to the name, other than the Norman influence of the clerks, who began processing Irish names, as early as the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Dulanty family

The surname Dulanty was first found in Ormond, where records of the name can be found in deeds from around 1441 on. Petty's "census" of 1659 showed bearers of Dulanty in counties Offaly (King's county) and Kilkenny. The ancient and important Dulanty sept sometimes claims descent from the O'Hara Buidhe, Chiefs of Leyney in County Sligo, through Lughaidh.

Early History of the Dulanty family

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Dulanty 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 Dulanty family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Delahunt, Delahunty, DeLahunte, DeLaHunty, De-la-Hunt, Delahunt and many more.

Early Notables of the Dulanty family

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Migration of the Dulanty family

A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Dulanty or one of its variants: Daniel Delahunty, who came to Maryland in 1749; Rose Delahunt, a bonded passenger who arrived in Maryland in 1755; as well as Lawrence Dulhunty, a Captain in the Royal Garrison Battalion, in 1779.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dulanty (post 1700) +

  • John Whelan Dulanty (d. 1955), Irish High Commissioner and Ambassador in London

The Dulanty 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: In fide et in bello fortes
Motto Translation: Firm in faith and war.

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3) on Facebook