Fealy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Fealy family in Ireland was "Mac Fithcheallaigh," from the word "fithcheallach," referring to a chess player.

Early Origins of the Fealy family

The surname Fealy was first found in counties Donegal and Derry, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Fealy family

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Fealy Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Fealy were encountered in the archives: Feeley, Fealy, Feally, Feely, Fehilly, Fehley, Feley, O'Feeley, O'Feely and many more.

Early Notables of the Fealy family (pre 1700)

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United States Fealy migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Fealy family came to North America quite early:

Fealy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Fealy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1886 [1]
Fealy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katie Fealy, aged 40, who settled in America from Castleblaney, Monaghan, in 1905
  • Alice Fealy, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Canickmacrses, Ireland, in 1906
  • Ellen Fealy, aged 18, who landed in America from Abbydorry, Ireland, in 1906
  • Francis Fealy, aged 19, who settled in America from Canickmacrses, Ireland, in 1906
  • William Fealy, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Listowel, Ireland, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fealy (post 1700) +

  • Maude Fealy (1883-1971), born Maude Mary Hawk, an American stage and film actress from Memphis, Tennessee, who worked in silent films and early talkies
  • Barbara Vorse Fealy (1903-2000), American landscape architect, elected a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1985, the first women in Oregon to do so


  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)


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