All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name O'Daw originally appeared in Gaelic as O Deaghaidh or O Diaghaidh.
Early Origins of the O'Daw family
The surname O'Daw was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where O'Dea was chief of Dysart-O'Dea, now the parish of Dysart, barony of Inchiquin, one of the original chiefs and clans of ancient Thomond
. Today Dysert O'Dea Castle still stands near Corofin, County Clare
with its Romanesque Doorway and High Cross and was the site of the Battle of Dysert O'Dea in 1318. It was here that the Irish chieftain
Conor O'Dea, chief of the Cineal Fearmaic and ally of Murtough O'Brien, stood his ground only to be defeated by the invading forces from Scotland.
Early History of the O'Daw family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Daw research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1318 and 1434 are included under the topic Early O'Daw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Daw Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations
of the surname O'Daw were found in the archives researched. These included Day, Dea, O'Dea and others.
Early Notables of the O'Daw family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Most Rev. Thomas O'Dea; and Cornelius O'Dea (d. 1434), Archdeacon of Killaloe and later Bishop of Limerick
. Three items of his have survived over the centuries: his Mitre, Crozier and a manuscript now entitled "The Black Book of Limerick." Today, they are... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Daw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Daw family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Daw or a variant listed above: Stephen Day who became a prominent merchant in Virginia soon after arriving in 1638. Another Stephen Daye (1594-1668), was the first printer in New England
, and produced the first book printed in the English colonies. Cambridge Massachusetts granted his three hundred
acres of land for ".