Dooley Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Dooley Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Dooley

The origin of the name Dooley was found in the archives. Variants of the Irish name Dooley include Dowley and O'Dooley. The modern form of this name in Irish is O'Dubhlaoich. The ancient manuscript, the 'Four Masters', record the name as O'Dughlaich, describing their chiefs in the eleventh and twelfth centuries as Lords of Fertullagh, which is in the south-eastern end of County Westmeath. The census of 1659 shows them to be very numerous in Leix and Offaly in the seventeenth century and it is in Offaly and surrounding counties that the majority of descendants can still today be found. The Gaelic name itself is taken from the words 'dubh' and 'laoch' which translate as 'black champion' or 'dark hero'.
The Dooley 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 Dooley descendants.
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