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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Doherty

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Alt. Meaning

D is for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

O is for original, one of a kind!

H is for honest, something you hold dear.

E is for early, promptness is a virtue

R is for rewards, from your hard work

T is for traditional, somewhat old fashioned.

Y is for yes, always open to new possibilities

Notable Persons With the Last Name Doherty

Shannen Doherty is an actress, director, producer, and film producer. She was most active from 1981 to present. Shannen was given the name Shannen Maria Doherty on April 12th, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.


Pete Doherty is an indie rock, post-punk revival, and garage rock musician. He plays Epiphone Coronet, Gibson SG, Gibson ES-125, and Epiphone Casino. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Pete was given the name Peter Doherty on March 12th, 1979 in Hexham, Northumberland, England.


Denny Doherty was a folk, pop, and folk music musician. His career lasted from 1960 to 2007. Denny was given the name Dennis Gerrard Stephen Doherty on November 29th, 1940 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He breathed his last breath on January 19th, 2007.


Ken Doherty is a snooker world champion. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Ken was born on September 17th, 1969 in Ranelagh, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Ken is also known as The Darlin' of Dublin", Crafty Ken", and Ken-do".


Paddy Doherty is an irish traveller, tv personality, and irish travellers. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Paddy was given the name Patrick Doherty on February 6th, 1959 in Manchester, England.


Peter Doherty is a scientist in the fields of medicine and immunology. Peter was given the name Peter Charles Doherty in Brisbane.


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Popularity of Doherty as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Doherty U.S.
  White 94.83% 64.26%
  African American 0.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.30% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Doherty

People with the last name Doherty are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Doherty

  • How Popular is the name Doherty? As a last name Doherty was the 1,264th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Doherty first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Doherty is Sunday, November 1st, 1903.
  • How unique is the name Doherty? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Doherty. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Doherty: Your name in reverse order is Ytrehod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hrydeto. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Doherty? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,787 people with the last name Doherty.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Doherty? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Doherty as their last name.

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