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Dolan Name History

Dolan Irish Coat of Arms


Dolan comes from the native Gaelic O'Dobhailen sept. The sept was mostly located in County Galway and County Roscommon. These days, Dolans can be found across Ireland, particularly in Connaught.
The Dolan Name is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhshláin, Ó Dubhlainn, Ó Dúnlaing, or Ó Dobhailéin. Variant spellings of Dolan include O'Doelan and Devlin.

Learn more about the Dolan family name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Dolan surname. There is a wide selection of Dolan coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Stop by the Dolan Pub in Ireland

Capturing a photo in front of an Irish pub bearing the Dolan name is a special moment. For your special Dolan moment, visit Dolan's Pub and Restaurant in Limerick City, County Limerick. 

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Dolan pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Dolan

  • Andy Dolan (1920–1971), Scottish footballer
  • B. Dolan, American hip hop artist and poet
  • Charles Dolan, founder of HBO and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Charles Dolan (Irish politician), Irish Member of Parliament
  • Daniel Dolan, Schismatic Catholic bishop
  • Daria Dolan, financial journalist and wife of Ken Dolan
  • Ellen Dolan, American actress
  • Eamonn Dolan, football coach and former player
  • Geoff Dolan, New Zealand entertainer
  • James L. Dolan, son of Charles Dolan, and president and chief executive officer of Cablevision
  • James Dolan (Irish politician), TD for Leitrim 1921–1932
  • James H. Dolan, second President of Fairfield University
  • Jamie Dolan (1969–2008), Scottish footballer
  • Joe Dolan, Irish singer
  • John Dolan (writer)
  • Jonathan Dolan, member of the Missouri State Senate
  • Ken Dolan, financial journalist and husband of Daria Dolan
  • Larry Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians and brother of Charles Dolan
  • Monica Dolan, English actress
  • Paul Dolan (baseball), chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians and son of Larry Dolan
  • Paul Dolan (soccer), Canadian soccer player
  • Peter R. Dolan, former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Richard M. Dolan, American ufologist
  • Robert E. Dolan, conductor, composer and arranger
  • Robert J. Dolan (educator), University of Michigan dean
  • Robert J. Dolan (politician), mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Satellite Sisters, five radio personalities, all surnamed Dolan
  • Terence Dolan, Irish lexicographer and radio personality
  • Terry Dolan (football manager), English football manager
  • Terry Dolan (US political figure), U.S. Republican political figure
  • Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Tom Dolan, U. S. Olympic swimmer
  • Tom Dolan (baseball), American baseball catcher
  • Tom Dolan (engineer), of NASA's Apollo project
  • Walter J. Dolan, American politician
  • Xavier Dolan, Canadian actor and film director

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