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The Irish surname Dunleavy 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."

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The surname Dunleavy 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.

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Dunleavy family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Dunleavy, Dunlevie, Dunlevy, Dunlivie, McDunleavy, Donleavy and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunleavy research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1644, 1694, 1761, 1728 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Dunleavy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunleavy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Dunleavy:

Dunleavy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Dunleavy, who arrived in America in 1841
  • Daniel Dunleavy who settled in Philadelphia in 1843
  • Owen Dunleavy, who settled in New York, NY in 1845
  • John Dunleavy, who settled in New York, NY in 1852

Dunleavy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Dunleavy, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

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  • John Francis Dunleavy (1879-1944), American Major League Baseball outfielder and pitcher who played from 1903 to 1905 for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Mike J. Dunleavy (b. 1961), American politician, Member of the Alaska Senate (2013-)
  • Admiral Richard Michael Dunleavy (b. 1933), retired US naval officer
  • Michael "Mike" Dunleavy Jr. (b. 1980), American professional basketball player
  • Michael "Mike" Dunleavy Sr. (b. 1954), former American professional basketball player
  • Mary Dunleavy, American soprano
  • Thomas P. Dunleavy, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for supervisor of Highland Township, Michigan, 2004
  • Richard Dunleavy, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 28th District, 1915-16
  • Martin J. Dunleavy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1996, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Connecticut, 2004-08
  • James W. Dunleavy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 60th District, 1976

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Dunleavy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunleavy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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