All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Davoryn 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'Davoryn family
The surname O'Davoryn 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'Davoryn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Davoryn 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'Davoryn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Davoryn Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland
during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Davoryn family name include Davoren, O'Davoran, O'Davoren, Davoran, Devoren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Davoryn 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'Davoryn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Davoryn family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Davoryn: Michael O'Deveren arrived in Pennsylvania in 1854.