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Fahie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Fahie has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Fahie is O Fathaigh, derived from the word "fothadh," meaning "foundation."

Early Origins of the Fahie family

The surname Fahie was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Fahie family

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Fahie Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Fahie can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O'Fahey, O'Fahy, Vahey and many more.

Early Notables of the Fahie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fahie family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fahie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Fahie, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Fahie (post 1700)

  • Vice-Admiral Sir William Charles Fahie (1763-1833), Royal Naval officer during the American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars
  • Pauline Mary de Peauly Gower Fahie (1910-1947), British writer and pilot who established the women's branch of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War
  • Andrew Fahie (b. 1970), British Virgin Islands politician, Leader of the Opposition (2017-)

The Fahie Motto

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: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.

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