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Dooley Family History

Dooley Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhlaoich ‘descendant of Dubhlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ (see Duff) + laoch ‘champion’, ‘hero’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cooley, Doyle, Gooley, Dudley, Downey, Tooley, Toomey, Looney, Donley

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Where is the Dooley family from?

You can see how Dooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dooley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 635 Dooley families living in Lancashire. This was about 36% of all the recorded Dooley's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Dooley families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dooley surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dooley. 18% of Dooley men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Dooley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dooley were Incapacitated and Domestic Servant.

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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
    18%
  • Builders Labourer
    9%
  • Dock Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Census Records

There are 143,000 census records available for the last name Dooley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dooley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Dooley. 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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Draft Cards

There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Dooley. For the veterans among your Dooley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dooley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dooley in 1943 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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