Doherty Surname Genealogy
the rather strange meaning of “destroyer.” Doherty and
variants are used today. The spellings O’Doherty and
Doherty are to be found in Ireland today,
Docherty in Scotland, and Dougherty and Daugherty in America.
Doherty Resources on
- O’Dochartaigh Clann of Ireland. Doherty clan website.
Dohertys in New Brunswick.
- Doherty DNA Project. Doherty DNA.
America has Dohertys, Doughertys, and Daughertys. The Daughertys
appear to have been the early arrivals, coming before 1800; the
Doughertys after 1800.
James Daugherty from Donegal, for instance, came
to Virginia in the 1780’s. His grandson
Hiram, in search of plentiful land, moved to Pike county, Kentucky in
1830’s. A Daugherty family had settled
in Beaver county, Pennsylvania in the 1790’s.
Edward Black Daugherty of this family, later a prominent jurist,
his name to the Daugherty township there.
Meanwhile Charles Dougherty was a Georgia militia captain in the
his son Charles another distinguished jurist after whom Dougherty
Georgia was named.
Other spellings to be found in America have been
Darity, Daughtry and Daughtrey, mainly in the South.
and Catholic Dohertys came to Canada in the first half of the 19th
- various Doughertys, believed
Protestant from county Down, came to New Brunswick and settled in
Carleton county, starting in 1822. Benjamin
his wife Sarah and five children, arrived there in 1839.
and Bridget Doherty from Donegal came to Quebec around the year 1830
settled in the Irish Catholic community of North Onslow.
They moved to Niles, Ohio with most of their
family in 1864.
- various Doherty
families from Ballyporeen parish in Tipperary came to the Irish
Gores Landing in Marion county, Ontario in 1847. They
were listed as indigent families arriving
at the height of the famine.
- while John
Dougherty and his family came in 1849 from Antrim, also escaping
the potato famine, and settled in the Ottawa valley.
Australia and New Zealand. Dougherty and Doherty also
The most interesting
Dougherty was George Dougherty, born in Fermanagh and a member of the
Enniskillen Dragoons in his younger years.
However, he deserted his post on several occasions and was
1849, court martialed and transported to Australia.
After gaining his freedom there six years
later, George settled in Singleton, NSW where he became engaged in
disputes, all the more troublesome because he himself was illiterate. Finally in 1887 he won his case.
However, he was old and bedridden by this
time and had not long to savor his victory.
Kevin O’Doherty from Dublin, a
member of the Young Ireland party, was arrested on political grounds in
and transported to Australia. He was
later pardoned, studied medicine, moved to Brisbane, and became one of
leading medical practitioners. He died
there in 1905. his wife
and a daughter surviving him. A fund
was raised by public subscription to
provide for his widow Mary Anne, a poet of Irish
Daniel Dougherty, a Catholic born in New
Orleans in 1804 when it was still under French rule, became a whaler
up with his family in 1838 in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. They eventually settled in Wellington where
Daniel became a pilot master. His wife
Sarah and daughter Ellen, who became a nurse, survived him.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Sir Cahir O’Doherty led the ill-timed rebellion of 1608 against
the Governor of Derry and paid for it with his life..
from Buncrana in
county Donegal was a trade union activist and factory reformer in early
19th century Manchester.
Eddie Doherty was a renowned
American newspaper reporter of the 1920’s and 30’s. He and his
third wife Catherine started the Madonna House Apostolate in Canada in
John Doherty, born in Donegal
into a travelling clan, was a highly acclaimed Irish folk
fiddler. He was mainly active from the 1950’s to the 1970’s.
Tommy Docherty, known as “the
Doc,” was a well-known Scottish footballer and football manager.
Moya Doherty is the co-founder
of the theatrical phenomenon Riverdance.
Select Doherty Today
- 38,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 36,000 in America (most numerous in Massachusetts)
- 37,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Ireland)
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