The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Dally is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly."
Early Origins of the O'Dally family
The surname O'Dally was first found in the barony of Magheradernon, in County Westmeath
and traditionally claim descent from Eanna Ceannselach (Ian Kinsella), King of Leinster
. They became Chiefs of Muintir Bhaire in the south west of Cork, and later in the north west of the same county, largely in O'Keefe's country. A distinct sept was found in Desmond as early as 1165. "Cuconnachta-na-Scoil O'Daly (or "Cuconnachta of the Schools") was the first of this family that assumed the sirname." CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early History of the O'Dally family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Dally research.Another 334 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1680, 1600, 1595, 1662, 1617, 1595, 1665, 1638, 1721, 1574 and 1614 are included under the topic Early O'Dally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Dally Spelling Variations
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Dally are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Dally family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel O'Daly (1595-1662), Irish diplomat and historian; Angus
O'Daly (d. 1617), Irish author of the satire "The Tribes of Ireland"; Dominic O'Daly... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Dally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Dally family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name O'Dally: the Widow Daley who settled in Canada in 1846.
The O'Dally 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: Deo fidelis et Regi
Motto Translation: Loyal to God and king