The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name Dulitle 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 Dulitle family
The surname Dulitle 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 Dulitle family
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Dulitle Spelling Variations
Many variations of the name Dulitle were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Dulitle found include Doolittle, Dolittle, Dulittle, Doelittle and others.
Early Notables of the Dulitle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dulitle family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Dulitle, or one of its variants: 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..