Feeley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Feeley family

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

Early History of the Feeley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feeley research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1548, 1555, 1559, 1567, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Feeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feeley Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Feeley revealed many variations, including Feeley, Fealy, Feally, Feely, Fehilly, Fehley, Feley, O'Feeley, O'Feely and many more.

Early Notables of the Feeley family (pre 1700)

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United States Feeley migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Feeley or a variant listed above, including:

Feeley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Feeley, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]
Feeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William and Morris Feeley, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Michael Feeley, who landed in Michigan in 1882 [1]
  • Ellen Feeley, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Roscommon, in 1893
Feeley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Feeley, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1901
  • Bridget Feeley, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Tubbercurry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Agnes Feeley, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Clonbur, Ireland, in 1907
  • Francis C. Feeley, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States from Kingstown, Ireland, in 1907
  • Augustus Feeley, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Boyle, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Feeley migration to Australia +

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

Feeley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Dominick Feeley, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]

New Zealand Feeley 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:

Feeley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Johanna Feeley, (b. 1856), aged 22, Irish domestic servant from Tipperary departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Feeley (post 1700) +

  • A J Feeley (b. 1977), American professional football player (NFL)
  • Paul Feeley (1910-1966), American visual artist
  • Thomas T. Feeley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Niagara County 1st District, 1910 [3]
  • Thomas F. Feeley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1918; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from California, 1920 [3]
  • Mike Feeley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 7th District, 2002 [3]
  • Clement J. Feeley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1935 [3]
  • Paddie Feeley (b. 1965), Irish professional footballer
  • John Feeley, Irish classical guitarist and teacher

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Joseph Feeley, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA going to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]
  • Mrs. Teresa Feeley, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA going to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [4]


  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 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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