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Where did the Irish Hickey family come from? What is the Irish Hickey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hickey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hickey family history?

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Hickey is O hIcidhe, which is derived from the word "iceadh," which refers to a "physician" or "healer."


Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hickey that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Hickey, Hickie, O'Hickey, O'Hickie, Hicky and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickey research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Hickey History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hickey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Hickey:

Hickey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Hickey settled in Boston in 1768
  • Catharine Hickey settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

Hickey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hickey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • William Hickey, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • Dennis Hickey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Richard Hickey, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Daniel Hickey, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1844


  • William Hickey (1928-1997), American actor
  • Brigadier-General Daniel Webster Jr. Hickey (1895-1980), American Commanding Officer 38th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade (1945-1946)
  • Lieutenant-General Doyle Overton Hickey (1891-1961), American Chief of Staff Far East Command (1950-1953)
  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Francis Hickey (1898-1983), American Commanding General 3rd Army (1955-1958)
  • Kieran Hickey (1936-1993), Irish filmmaker, writer and documentary maker
  • Thomas Hickey (1741-1842), Irish painter
  • Colin Hickey (1931-1999), Australian speed skater
  • Noah Hickey (b. 1978), New Zealand footballer
  • Pat Hickey (b. 1953), retired Canadian professional ice hockey
  • Patricia "Bonnie" Hickey (b. 1955), member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 1997


  • Hicklin (also Hickey) Families in America by Marjorie Abbott-Braswell.
  • Hickin (also Hickey) by Pasha Palombi Smith.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honor virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Honor is the reward of virtue.


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The Hickey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hickey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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