Thursday, 4 April 2013

D is for Dooley

A random Dooley I found on the internet - Mick, an Australian boxer, born in 1862

Dooley is my maiden name. I kept Wright as my married name after I got divorced so as to have the same surname as my son. Then I became ‘the Wright Stuff’ which matched my writing for a living tag so it’s stuck now. Unless ‘himself’ ever makes an honest woman of me of course…

I did like being a Dooley though. It was quite a rarity in the town where I grew up in the middle of the English countryside. Hop over the Irish sea though and there’s Dooleys in their thousands.

The name comes from the Gaelic O Dubhlaoich which itself  is derived from dubh, which means black and loach which refers to a hero or champion.

So, there we have it. Clearly I am descended from a long line of (possibly) raven-haired warriors who may have preferred to dress in black. Watch out!


  1. What a fun, and interesting, post.

  2. A most interesting blog site. I will return.
    Enjoy the challenge.

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

  3. yep you don't get much more Irish than that name fer sure - good luck with the challenge.

  4. It is great to know the history of your name!


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