Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from
Arcy in Manche, France, named from a Gaulish personal name (which, it
has been suggested, may be akin to the Indo-European root ars-
‘bear’) + the locative suffix -acum.
- Irish: English
surname adopted by bearers of the Gaelic surname Ó
Dorchaidhe ‘descendant of the dark one’, from dorcha
‘dark’, ‘gloomy’. This Connacht name has fallen together with the
Norman surname, which is certainly attested in Ireland, having been
introduced there by Sir William D’Arcy and Sir John D’Arcy, who was
appointed Chief Justiciar of Ireland in the 14th century.
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