The surname ‘Dougherty’ originates from Ireland, and Scotland. It is a Variant of the name ‘Dohert’, an Anglicised form of the Gaelic name ‘O’Dochartaigh’ meaning ‘descendant of Dochartach’, a byname meaning ‘Unlucky’ or ‘Hurtful’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Daugherty’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the fourteenth century were a ‘Nicholas Dautry’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded in 1379. Historical archive’s have been unable to definitely determine the exact period of settlement in North America but It is believed that the forefather’s of this surname were part of the exodus of migrants that followed the Treaty of Peace signed in Paris in 1763, when great Britain obtained ownership of the whole of North America east of the Missisipi River excepting New Orleans. The chief reasons causing working class people to emigrate were, poor crop yields, high unemployment, and the misconception that America was a land of golden opportunity….
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