This surname DOLLERY has a number of origins. It could derive from the nickname for a foolish individual, from the Middle English DOLLE, meaning dull or foolish or a locational name 'of de Ouilli' in Normandy, France. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Variants include DOLLY, DOLLEY, DOYLEY, DULEY, DULLERY, and OLLEY. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The earliest of the name recorded appears to be Robert Oilgi who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Robert de Olleyo was documented in 1140 in Oxfordshire, and Henry de Olli appears in 1156 in London. Following the Crusades in England in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth. This was recognized by those of noble blood, as they realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Other records of the name mention John Doly, County Somerset, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Edward Dailley of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Robert Oylly was recorded in County Lancashire in 1400. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. Later instances of the name include John Dolly who was buried at Canterbury Cathedral in the year 1729. Peter Harris married Ann Dolly at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair in the year 1744.
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