Tracing the Irish surname Ó Dubhchair throughout the world, from the Doohers of County Mayo to the Doughers of Pennsylvania

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About Ó Dubhchair

Ó Dubhchair is a Gaelic surname meaning a "descendent of Dubhchar", or the "descendent of the dark beloved one/'black dear'".  It was later Anglicised as O'Dougher, Doughar, Dougher, and Dooher.

The earliest recorded references to the surname are thought to be William O'Dougher of Ballicowdihie, County Kildare (1572) and Donogh O'Dogher McTeige of Tinterne, County Wexford (1602). Around this time, the Doughers and Doohers were mostly in Counties Donegal, Tipperary and Wexford (The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland).

Over time the surname began to cluster mainly around County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland, and County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. However there were also small numbers of Doohers and Doughers in County Sligo, and a few scattered individuals in other Irish counties.

A few descendents of Ó Dubhchair may have begun emigrating to North America in the 17th century, but virtually all Doughers and Doohers alive today in the US and Canada are descended from a few families who ventured across the Atlantic Ocean in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The largest contingent were the Doughers of Pennsylvania (in the Scranton, Archbald and Wilkes-Barre), and the Doohers of Ontario, Canada.

More obscure versions of the name are Doher (in Nebraska), Duher (in Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York), Doucher (Ontario and Michigan) and Dooker (England and Australia). Other common mistranscriptions are Doker, Daker, Duker, Duer, and Doogher.


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A list of Dougher DNA samples.

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