All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Davoran is O Dabhoireann, or also Dubhdabhoireann, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and an da Bhoireann, which means of the two Burrens.
Early Origins of the O'Davoran family
The surname O'Davoran was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they have been anciently seated as Chiefs of their territory at Cahirmacneaghty. They were anciently a Dalcassian sept of Brehons (Judges or Lawyers) and came down to Clare from the north probably sometime before the 10th century to settle in their north Clare barony at Noughaval, wherein this distinguished sept had their own mortuary chapel within the Church of Noughaval.
Early History of the O'Davoran family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Davoran research.Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1364, 1634, 1634, 1741 and 1746 are included under the topic Early O'Davoran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Davoran Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the O'Davoran family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Davoren, O'Davoran, O'Davoren, Davoran, Devoren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Davoran family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Gillananaev O'Davoren, the Chief Judge; and Domnal O'Davoren, who collected materials about early Irish law in the 16th century. In fact, the O'Davorens were well known as the scholarly... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Davoran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Davoran family to the New World and Oceana
saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine
struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many O'Davorans: Michael O'Deveren arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854.