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DOOLEY Family History

Recorded as O'Dooley, Dooley and Dooly, this is a famous Irish surname. It originates from the 12th century Gaelic O' Dubhlaoich meaning 'The male descendant of the Dark Hero' and as such a reference to the first chief of the clan. He may have been Celtic or Breton, as the early history of the clan may suggest that they were 'comer ins'. Nevertheless the clan chiefs were also known as the Lords of Fertullagh in County Westmeath, in medieval times. Arguments over land tenure with the O'Melaghins and the Tyrrells, lead to a migation to the lower slopes of the Slieve Mountains, where some nameholders remain today...

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Lois Atnip

My first Dooley, Dooly, Dowley, was an Elenor, Nelly, Ellen. B:1789 Offerlane, Laois, Ireland. She married William England around 1800, first son was William England 1806, then Letitia 1808 and 6 more children ending in 1820. Backing up a bit Nelly's parents were Darby Dooley (Dowly) and Elenor Dermody, both born 1860's around Laois. Anyone recognize these ancestors? My tree "Roots of my Past" and public. My name is Lois Atnip (roz Burger) My Mother was my Irish side, Gleason, Queens New York.

Charles Dawe

My grandmother was Elenor Dooley, half Irish, half Italian. She has passed away now. My father is a Dawe, 1/4 Irish, 1/4 Italian and half Welsh. His names is James Francis Dooley and is 72. My name is Charles Dawe and I live in Mississippi. Happy to connect with family. Just spent some time in Ireland (Galway, Kellarne, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin). My email is

Patti Dooley

Thomas Henry O'Dooley (1650-1740) married to Catherine Katie Gaffney (1650-1700) from County Antrim, Ireland. The only info I have found on his father was: Chiefs Clan of Dubhlaoich O'Dooley. I have no idea what that means. Not sure if that's his father's title, or if the person whose research I found, only had verbal history passed down. Thanks much for any information.

Aileen Dooley

I am Aileen Dooley born in Toronto, Ontario Canada. My Great Grandfather was Patrick Dooley born in County Offaly (not sure where in Offaly). My parents are from Ireland and emmigrated to Canada in 1957 after they married and arrived on the Saxonia. My Dad's name is John Dooley and my mother's name was Teresa McMahon. My sibling and I know all of our 1st cousins very well and have been back and forth to Ireland from childhood. My Great Grandfather Patrick Dooley settled in Coolderry, Co. Monaghan where he ran a Dairy Farm. The farmland has been passed down to my cousins through the generations.


I am great grandson of Patrick J Dooley. I've been able to trace ancestry to his father Bartolomew Dooley of Cork Ireland. Would like to trace back further.

Dan Dooley

I am the 6th great grandson of Henry B. Dooley. He was born in 1710 in the Derry/Antrim area. He came to Virginia, USA sometime between his birth and getting married in 1734. His father was Thomas O'Dooley who was born in Ireland but also emigrated to US as he died in Viriginia. I'm looking for more information on my family history.

Heidi Overstreet

Dan Dooley, Henry B Dooley, Captain (1710-1772) is my husband's 6th Great Grandfather. His father was Thomas O'Dooley (1610-1774); his father was Thomas O'Dooley 1650–1740 and his father was Chiefs Clan of Dubhlaich (O'Dooley) born 1630 in Westmeath County, Ireland and died in Leinster which I believe is next to Westmeath. I don't know much about the clan, only that this particular clan has been around since the 1200's DEATH Leinster


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Melissa Dooley

I am the daughter of Lorna Dooley, granddaughter of Eldon and Nina Dooley. Both of my grandparents are from Mt Nebo WV., I see I already have family on here.. Hello!!

Shelle Morgan


Margaret Pierson

I am the granddaughter of Richard Hubert Dooley of Mt. Nebo, W.Va. USA. Birthdate was July 30 1903(?) He and my grandmother, Rhoda Thomas Dooley had 11 children-Eldon, Arley, Edna Dooley Moore(my mother) David, Harold, Gerald, Velda, Darla, Ruth, Retha, and Louise. He had a brother, Emmet Dooley, sister Myrtle Chipps, sister Mae who died at the age of 18 from a nose bleed. I know our family came from Ireland but have no idea what area or what year. My great grandfathers' name was John Wesley Dooley.

Shelle Morgan

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Jean Elizabeth Mills

My grandfather was Simon Dooley from County Clare, Ireland. They had 8 children. He was killed in a car accident o\n April 13, 1924, in Chciago.


Simon Dooey came to the USA on the Oceanic in 1902 with his cousin Michael Russell and settled in Chicago, IL.

Chrystal Fraser

Sorry that is "Virginia"!

Chrystal Fraser

My maiden name was Dooley, my mom is a Dooley, and my grandfather was a Dooley. His name was Olly Dooley. He was from Mississippi and his dad was from Verging.


My great grandfather was named Jeremiah Dooley. He supposedly was from around Rome, New York ( Oneida County ) and born around 1841. However, someone thinks he could have actually been born in Ireland. He likely fought in the Civil War. Cannot find out names of his parents, where in Ireland they were from or names of any brothers or sisters. would like help.

Virginia Dickenson

My mother just passed away. Her maiden name was Bettie Dooley. My grandfather was Reginald Dooley. They were from West Virginia.


My great grandfather.micheal father Michael Dooley and me Margaret Dooley Vines


I am the great granddaughter of James Patrick Dooley of Rathgibbon, Co Offaly one of 8 children. His parents were Kieran Dooley b1830-d1883 and Mary Tooher b1840-d1915. My Grandfather James left Rathgibbon approximately 1903 ending in Yonkers New York where he married Josephine Murray also of Dowras Co Offaly the daughter of John Murray and Martha Kilkeary. They had 3 children Kieran. James Brendan. and My father Gerald Patrick. My Father Gerald Patrick married Anne Emily Brannigan they had 8 children.

Susan Dooley

I’m the granddaughter of George “Freddy” Dooley of Liverpool. He emigrated to New York City in the 1920s. I was able to trace Freddy’s line back several generations in the Liverpool area, to Joseph Dooley in 1820, but haven’t yet found the Irish connection, though I’m sure there is one. I’m visiting Limerick today!


Hi my Dooleys are from Limerick, don't know where just now. Michael and Thomas Dooley 2 brothers went to Chicago and had a family there. I think there was more kids than these 2 in Limerick. Thomas was a policeman in Chicago and Michael married Elizabeth Comerford in Chicago. These 2 died in a terrible car accident. Thomas married......... They had 9 children. 1 girl and 8 boys. Thomas retired after 29 years in the police force. This is all we know at the moment. Kind regards Shirley

Carole jones

Carole Jones (Nee-Dooley) I am the granddaughter of Charles Dooley. I don't know which part of Ireland his family originated from but they lived in the Wrexam area of North Wales in a village called Gwersyllt and when my grandfather married they moved to a village called Bradley, also in the Wrexam area. They had 6 children, one of whom was my mother, Maureen Dooley. I know that my grandfather's mother was named Jayne. I wish I knew more as I am so interested to know my family history. Hello to all you Dooley families.

Mike Stanley

I am the grandson of Robert Lynville Dooley. His grandfather came through Ellis Island in the late 1800s. My wife and I will be in Ireland this June. We would love to meet with some of the relatives.

Julie Shewman

My great great grandfather was Michael Dooley. Born in Limerick area 1832, died in Montana USA in 1886. thinks maybe his parents were Darby Dooley and Nance Connors but I’m not sure. I don’t know anything really about him other than birth and death dates. He died when my great grandmother was very young so no info to go on. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.


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