Fahey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Fahey family

The surname Fahey 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 Fahey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fahey research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fahey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fahey Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Fahey are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O'Fahey, O'Fahy, Vahey and many more.

Early Notables of the Fahey family (pre 1700)

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United States Fahey migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Fahey family in North America:

Fahey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Fahey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Tim T Fahey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Garrit Fahey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Tim Fahey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Martin Fahey, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fahey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fahey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Fahey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Catherine Fahey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Miss. Bridget Fahey who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Princess Royal" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Michael Fahey, aged 5 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Princess Royal" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Michael Fahey, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Milton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fahey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fahey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Winfred Fahey, Scottish convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Australasia" on 26th June 1849, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Patrick Fahey, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Edmund Fahey, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Bridget Fahey, aged 10, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Mary Fahey, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Fahey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fahey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Fergus Fahey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Inchinnan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 27th May 1852 [4]
  • John Fahey, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Edward Fahey, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Ellen Fahey, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Hugh Fahey, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fahey (post 1700) +

  • John M. Fahey Jr., American President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Geographic Society (1998-2011)
  • John Aloysius Fahey (1939-2001), American fingerstyle guitarist and composer, ranked 35th in the Rolling Stone "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list (2003)
  • James Charles Fahey (1903-1974), American author, best remembered as the original publisher of the reference "The Ships and Aircraft of the United States Fleet"
  • Brian Fahey (b. 1981), American professional ice hockey defenseman
  • Brandon Wade Fahey (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball utility player from Dallas, Texas
  • Francis Raymond Fahey (1896-1954), American Major League Baseball outfielder and pitcher
  • Michael Gahan "Mike" Fahey (b. 1943), American politician, 49th mayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001-2009)
  • Jeffrey Fahey (b. 1952), American actor
  • Edward T. Fahey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912 (alternate), 1932 [5]
  • Edward Fahey, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 13th District, 1873-75 [5]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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The Fahey 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Fahey +

  • 3526 The Descendants of Redmond Peter Fahey and Cecelia Havery and John Sweeney and Mary Dineen, 1810-1984 by Verne Raymond Spear.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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