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This ancient and unusual surname recorded in a wide range of spellings including D'Oyley, Doyley, Doley, Dolley, Dawley, Dowley, Duley, Duly, Dailey, Dailley, Dayley, Olley and Ollie, is of pre 9th century French origins. It is locational and originates from one of the five villages called Ouillys or those known as Ouilly-le-Bassett, Ouilly le Vicomte, Ouilly-la-Ribaude, and Ouilly-le-Tesson, in the department of Calvados, in Normandy. It is known that various soldiers from these villages came over to England with the invasions forces of William, The Conqueror in 1066.

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