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Fun facts and history behind your Irish family name.

Tracing your Irish ancestry - The Doherty Clan

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Fun facts and history behind your Irish family name.

Irish derivation: Dochartach.

Name meaning: Destroyer.

Counties associated with the name: Donegal, Clare.

Coat of arms motto: "Ar nDutcas" or Our Heritage

Read more: What’s your Irish clan?

Interesting facts: 

 - The famiy descends from the son of Niall of the Nine Hostages

 - Ranks 15th on the List of 100 most popular Irish Surnames.

 - There are 140 variations in spelling of the name.

Some famous Dohertys:

 - Gary Michael Thomas Doherty (1980-, Irish footballer)

 - Ken Doherty (1969-, professional snooker player)

 - Moya Doherty (1957-, Riverdance co-founder)

 - Shannen Maria Doherty (1971-, American actress, producer, author, and television director)

 - David O'Doherty (1975-, comedian)

 - Brian O'Doherty (1928-, art critic)

Read more: What’s your Irish clan?

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