Just a bit of info for you. The name DOUGHTY is NOT Irish. It is Saxon. It is not a common name in Ireland. If your Irish ancestors were true DOUGHTYs they may well have been descended from English settlers (or their servants) who were granted land in Ireland at the time of the Plantation Acts.
Having been concerned with a serious research group that has links with the Mayflower Society, I, and others have found that many Irish families with names like Doherty, Dougherty and Docherty (all from the O'Dochartaig clan) changed their names to the more Protestant DOUGHTY on coming to the US. Others changed their similar names to DOTY or DOUGHTY because the name was linked with the Pilgrim Fathers via Edward DOTY, and it was thought DOTY was a form of the name DOUGHTY. This has now been largely disproved and several fraudulent lineages linking Edward DOTY to DOUGHTYs in England have been exposed.
Proof? There are thousands of people with the surname DOTY in the US and virtually NONE in England! DOUGHTY in the US is much more common than it is in England, too.
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