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

Fee Early Origins



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

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Fee Spelling Variations


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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.

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Fee Early History


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Fee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fee research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Fee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fee Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • John Fee, who landed in New England in 1638
  • Neale Fee, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Reynold Fee, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Fee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Fee, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739

Fee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Fee, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Patrick Fee, who landed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Robert Fee, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • William Fee, who landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Hugh Fee, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fee Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Fee, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mrs. Ann Fee, aged 30 who emigrated 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Fee Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Fee, aged 50, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Bessie Fee, aged 45, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fee (post 1700)


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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
  • Thomas J. Fee, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 9th District; Elected 1980
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Fee


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Suggested Readings for the name Fee



  • 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.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Fee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fee 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.

This page was last modified on 30 November 2016 at 09:49.

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