Our History


Explore the Ó Dochartaighs history from the ancient legends, to particulars from annals, the 1608 Ó Dogherty Rebellion, on down to more recent events.


Learn about the Ó Dochartaigh heraldry or arms, the symbolism of the deer, our Clann motto, Ár nDúchas, and the description and origin of our ancient arms.


Origin, meaning, of the surname Ó Dochartaigh, it's earliest use, why there are so many spellings, its pronunciation, the size of the Clann today & its distribution.


Explore the beautiful, rugged terrain of "Ó Doherty Country,"

Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland. Also see where the Clann originated prior to this.



Origins of Clann Ó Dochartaigh, the formation of related families such as the McDevitt/McDaid, McBride, & McMonagle, as well as a connection to St. Malachy.


What does it mean to be Irish? An overview of Gaelic culture: food, music, dance, clothing, farming, the Gaelic language, the Irish home, and more!


There are over twenty castles and fortresses associated with Clann Ó Dochartaigh. Explore photos, videos, histories, archaeology, & visitor information for them. 

The O'Doherty Heritage website is designed to be your place for all things Ó Dochartaigh. Whether your name or ancestry is from a Doherty, Dougherty, Daugherty, Docherty, Dogherty, if your family used another spelling of our name, or if you're from one of our related Donegal families, such as the McDevitt/McDaid, McBride, McConlogue, or others–we welcome you to the O'Doherty Heritage website!

The vision of the O'Doherty Heritage is "Telling our story, uniting us together." This was the same vision of our ancestors, the Ó Dochartaigh patriarchs, when they established our Clan motto, Ár nDúthchas–which means 'Our Heritage'. Below are the goals of O'Doherty Heritage:


  • Share our heritage with our entire Clan

  • Research, document, & bring our history to life

  • Curate a digital Clan genealogy research library


  • Encourage quality genealogical research

  • Promote clan identity and pride in our heritage

  • Facilitate communication amongst our clanfolk


This site is curated by Will Dougherty III under the direction of the Association of Ó Dochartaighs. ©2020 O'Doherty Heritage. Site Policies. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the site, answer your questions, or see you get involved! Email odohertyheritage@gmail.com.