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About the study
History of the name
Distribution of the name
The name, as shown above, was prevalent in Oxfordshire certainly up to the mid 1700s; from Kirtlington they moved into the Oxford city area and my own line went to Wargrave in Berkshire. Subsequently there were moves in various directions, one significant line making a major contribution to life in Wellingborough, Northants, with others going to Surrey and Norfolk, and my own ancestors to Woodley in Berkshire and then to Kensington, London. Worldwide there are instances of Dulleys in the USA, Germany and Australia, with odd mentions elsewhere, and the censuses show a number of people with the variant Dully as having come from Ireland but I suspect these may have a different origin.
Taking the numbers from Ancestry there were 43 Dulleys in the 1841 census for England excluding my own forebears in Kensington where the returns have been lost, with 56 Dullys. The figures for 1851 (48 and 46) are quite suspect with a number of noticeable omissions; in 1861 there are 80 Dulleys and 30 Dullys but 1871 shows 55 Dulleys and an explosion of Dullys to 61 which then drops dramatically to 10 in 1881