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Dolly Name Meaning

Irish (Galway): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dathlaoich ‘descendant of Dathlaoch’, a personal name composed of the elements dath ‘bright’, ‘colored’ + laoch ‘hero’, ‘champion’.

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

Similar surnames: Solly, Holly, Delay, Dilly, Poll, Polly, Dally, Colle, Dolan, Dold

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Where is the Dolly family from?

You can see how Dolly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dolly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dolly families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Dolly families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Dolly's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Dolly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dolly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dolly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dolly. 26% of Dolly men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Dolly women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dolly were Salesman and Teacher.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housework
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Dolly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dolly 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Dolly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dolly. For the veterans among your Dolly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dolly lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Dolly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dolly in 1947 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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