In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Dulhunty was written O Dulchaointigh, which comes from the word dulchaointeach, which refers to a satirist. 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 Dulhunty family
The surname Dulhunty 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 Dulhunty in counties Offaly
(King's county) and Kilkenny
. The ancient and important Dulhunty sept sometimes claims descent from the O'Hara Buidhe, Chiefs of Leyney in County Sligo
, through Lughaidh.
Early History of the Dulhunty family
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Dulhunty Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Dulhunty that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Delahunt, Delahunty, DeLahunte, DeLaHunty, De-la-Hunt, Delahunt and many more.
Early Notables of the Dulhunty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dulhunty family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dulhunty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Lawrence Dulhunty, a Captain in the Royal Garrison Battalion, in 1779
The Dulhunty 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.