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

While many Irish names are quite familiar to us, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Haley is O hEalaighthe, which is derived from the word "ealadhach," which means "ingenious." Another Gaelic form of the surname is O hEilidhe, which is derived from the word "eilidhe," which means "claimant."

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In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Haley found include Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

First found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haley research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1st , 1st , 1800, 1724, 1794, 1579, 1701, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Haley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Irish families began to migrate to North America in the late 18th century in the hopes of gaining their own plot of land. The majority of these early immigrant families were relatively well off because the transatlantic passage was costly. As a result the decision to immigrate was carefully made. Those immigrants that arrived in the late 1840s differed because their decision to leave was in direct response to the Great Potato Famine. Many of the families that crossed the Atlantic during this decade were destitute, either having spent all they had on the fare or even starting with nothing, but being sponsored by a philanthropic society. Whenever, these Irish families came to North America, they were made great contributions to the developing nations of the United States and what would come to be known as Canada: the earlier settlers as land clearing homesteaders, and the later immigrants as the muscle that would build the industries and routes of transportation so critical to a powerful nation. Research into the passenger and immigration lists has shown many early and significant Irish immigrants bearing the name Haley:

Haley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Haley, and his wife, who were on record in Virginia in 1654
  • Derby Haley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685
  • Morris Haley, who landed in Virginia in 1699

Haley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joshua Haley, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Daniel Haley, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Haley, who landed in New York, NY in 1749
  • Jeremiah Haley, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • Richard Haley, who arrived in America in 1765


Haley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J D Haley, aged 40, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • Rodger Haley, who landed in New York in 1845
  • Salisbury Haley, aged 40, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • Bridget Haley, who landed in New York in 1846
  • Capt. Haley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Haley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Pierce Haley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Pierce George Haley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ann Haley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Haley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750

Haley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Joanna Haley, who arrived in Nava Sootia in 1831
  • Michael Haley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork
  • Mary Haley, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
  • Patrick Haley, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Haley, aged 27, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834


Haley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Charles Haley, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Haley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Fanny Brooking Haley, aged 42, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Susannah Haley, aged 66, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • Sarah Haley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • Johanna Haley, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Anne Haley, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan"


Haley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Haley, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

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  • William John Clifton "Bill" Haley (1925-1981), American rock and roll musician, founder of Bill Haley & His Comets, known for Rock Around the Clock, See You Later, Alligator, Shake, Rattle and Roll and Skinny Minnie
  • Jack Haley (1898-1979), American stage, radio, and film actor best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz
  • Brian Carlo Haley (b. 1961), American actor and stand-up comedian
  • Jackie Earle Haley (b. 1961), American Academy Award-nominated actor
  • Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley (1921-1992), American writer, best known for his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, for which he was awarded a special citation in 1977 by the Pulitzer Prize board
  • Nimrata Nikki Randhawa "Nikki" Haley (b. 1972), American politician, the 116th Governor of South Carolina
  • George Richard "Dick" Haley Jr. (b. 1937), American former NFL football cornerback
  • Todd Haley (b. 1967), American football offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Charles Lewis Haley (b. 1964), former American NFL football linebacker and defensive end
  • Jack Haley Jr (1933-2001), American two-time Emmy Award winning film director, producer and writer, son of actor Jack Haley

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  • Haley, Marshall, Getchell, Barlow, Genealogy by Elaine Vertz Smithers.
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The Haley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haley 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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