Dunlavey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Dunlavey originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Duinnshleibh, derived from the words "dun," meaning "fortress," or perhaps "donn," which means "brown," and "sliabh," which means "mountain."

Early Origins of the Dunlavey family

The surname Dunlavey was first found in Ulidia, in northern Ireland, where they were said to have descended from the Princes of Ulidia, who were in turn descended from the Heremon line of Irish Kings; the modern name for Ulidia, is Ulster. The "Four Masters" list that in 1199, a Rory O'Dunsleve joined the English (Norman soldiers) at Meath and plundered the monastery of Saint Peter and Paul in Armagh. In the 12th century during the Anglo/ Norman invasion of Ireland, the Dunleavys migrated to Tir Connell now known as Donegal and became hereditary physicians to the distinguished O'Donnells.

Early History of the Dunlavey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunlavey research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1694, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Dunlavey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunlavey Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Dunlavey can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Dunleavy, Dunlevie, Dunlevy, Dunlivie, McDunleavy, Donleavy and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunlavey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Father Christopher Dunlevy, a Franciscan monk, who was martyred in 1644. Reverend Andrew Donlevy (1694- c.1761), was an Irish ecclesiastic, born about 1694, and received his early education in or...
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United States Dunlavey migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Dunlavey name:

Dunlavey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Dunlavey, aged 18, who landed in America from Swinford, in 1893
Dunlavey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary A. Dunlavey, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Maria Dunlavey, aged 18, who settled in America from Swinford, in 1903
  • Thomas Dunlavey, aged 23, who settled in America from Sunderland, England, in 1907
  • John Dunlavey, aged 26, who landed in America from Newbottle, England, in 1912
  • Michael Dunlavey, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Tenbury, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunlavey (post 1700) +

  • Tim Dunlavey, American golf player, winner of the 1995 South Carolina Open and the 1995 Carolinas PGA Championship
  • Michael E. Dunlavey (b. 1945), American former Major General in the United States Army


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