Falvey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Falvey family

The surname Falvey was first found in Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat as the Lords of Corcaguiney. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Clare and in Cork.

Early History of the Falvey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falvey research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 188 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Falvey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falvey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Falvey, Falvie, Falffie, O'Falvey and others.

Early Notables of the Falvey family (pre 1700)

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United States Falvey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Falvey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Falvey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1840 [1]
  • Denis Falvey, who settled in Boston in 1850
  • Anna Falvey, who arrived in New York sometime between 1854 and 1856
  • Cornelius Falvey, who settled in Boston in 1856
  • Bridget Falvey, who arrived in Memphis, TN in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Falvey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Falvey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Abigail Falvey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Cornelius Falvey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Patrick Falvey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Edward Falvey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Denis Falvey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Falvey migration to Australia +

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

Falvey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Falvey, (b. 1821), aged 17, Irish chimney sweep who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for perjury, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Falvey, (b. 1814), aged 25, Irish labourer who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 19th May 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [3]

New Zealand Falvey 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:

Falvey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Falvey, aged 25, a ploughman, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874 [4]
  • John Falvey, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Michael Falvey, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Falvey (post 1700) +

  • Timothy Falvey (1934-2021), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Lord Mayor of Cork from 1994 to 1995
  • Pat Falvey, led the first ever Irish expedition to reach the South Pole on 8th January, 2008
  • Mick Falvey, former all-Ireland winning Gaelic football player
  • Thomas Falvey (d. 1941), Irish politician and farmer
  • Colin Falvey (b. 1985), Irish professional footballer
  • John Lindsay Falvey (b. 1950), Australian writer and author


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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