Origin of the Name Dacey
The origin of the name Dacey
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Dacey
include Deasy, Dease, Dacie and Dacy. This name originated from the Deiseach sept that was located in County Waterford. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. The name is a topographical adjective signifying a native of the Decies, a Barony in Waterford. In the Census of 1659 in County Cork it is spelt Dacy and Dacey. A very early record of the name refers to a Drogheda juror in the year 1313. A later record lists the spelling Deshay in the Ormond Deeds in the Barony of Barrymore in County Cork . In modern times the name Dacey and Deasy are still most associated with Counties Cork and Waterford.
The Dacey coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Dacey descendants.