While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Dooley is O Dubhlaoich, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and laoch, referring to a hero or champion.
Early Origins of the O'Dooley family
The surname O'Dooley was first found in Westmeath
(Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Dooley family
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O'Dooley Spelling Variations
Within archives, many different spelling variations
exist for the surname O'Dooley. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Dooley, Dooly, O'Dooley, O'Dooly and others.
Early Notables of the O'Dooley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Dooley family to the New World and Oceana
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families
left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name O'Dooley: Lawrence Dooley settled in New England
in 1774; followed by Bernard, Daniel, Henry, James, John, Martin, Michael, Steven, Thomas, William, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..