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!