Fee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Fee originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Fiaich," derived from the word "fiach," which means "raven."

Early Origins of the Fee family

The surname Fee was first found in County Cavan, north Connacht, and Fermanagh, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Fee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fee research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Fee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fee Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Fee that are preserved in archival documents are Foy, Fee, Fye, Fey and others.

Early Notables of the Fee family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fee migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Fee name:

Fee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Fee, aged 19, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • John Fee, who landed in New England in 1638 [1]
  • Neale Fee, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Reynold Fee, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Fee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Fee, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
Fee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Fee, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Fee, who landed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Robert Fee, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • William Fee, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Hugh Fee, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fee migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Fee, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mrs. Ann Fee, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Charles Richard" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Fee, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wolfville" departing 25th April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Australia Fee migration to Australia +

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

Fee Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Fee, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

New Zealand Fee 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:

Fee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Fee, (b. 1849), aged 17, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [5]
  • Miss Mary Ann Fee, (b. 1843), aged 23, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [5]
  • Miss Jane Fee, (b. 1842), aged 24, British dressmaker travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [5]
  • William Fee, aged 50, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Bessie Fee, aged 45, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Fee (post 1700) +

  • Charles Fee, American producing artistic director for three classical repertory companies
  • Ben Fee (b. 1908), Chinese American writer and labor organizer
  • John Fee (1867-1913), American professional baseball player
  • John Gregg Fee (1816-1901), American abolitionist, minister and educator
  • James Alger Fee (1888-1959), American jurist from Oregon
  • Melinda O. Fee (b. 1942), American actress
  • James Fee (1949-2006), American photographer
  • Gordon Donald Fee (b. 1934), American New Testament scholar
  • Raymond "Ray" John Fee (1903-1983), American boxer
  • Frank Fee, American politician, Mayor of Fort Pierce, Florida, 1951 [6]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Fee +

  • 4633 The Fee Family and the Daily Notes of Canonsburg Pennsylvania: The Evolution of a Family, Its Newspaper, and Its Community by William Warrell Fee, A history of the Fee Family by Ralph E. Pearson.

  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. ^ 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. 75)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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