Dooley Family History

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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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Dooley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dooley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dooley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Dooley Family Origin

Where is the Dooley family from?

Dooley Family Occupations

What did your Dooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dooley family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dooley. The most common Dooley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Dooley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dooley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dooley Historical Records

What Dooley family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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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Dooley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dooley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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