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Doherty Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dochartaigh ‘descendant of Dochartach’ a byname from docarthach ‘hard-hearted’ apparently from do + cartach ‘not loving’. Doherty is the usual Anglo-Irish spelling; compare Scottish Docherty and Manx Daugherty .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: O'doherty, Cloherty, Doheny, Faherty, Gogerty, Dorrity, Harty, Lowery

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Where is the Doherty family from?

You can see how Doherty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doherty family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doherty families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 914 Doherty families living in Lancashire. This was about 42% of all the recorded Doherty's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Doherty families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doherty surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doherty ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Doherty. 19% of Doherty men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Doherty women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doherty were Builders Labourer Heavy Worker and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dock Labourer
  • Builders Labourer Heavy Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 76,000 immigration records available for the last name Doherty. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Doherty. For the veterans among your Doherty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doherty lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Doherty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Doherty in 1940 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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