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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.

Feeley Early Origins



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

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Feeley Spelling Variations


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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.

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Feeley Early History


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Feeley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feeley research. Another 444 words (32 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.

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Feeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Feeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Feeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William and Morris Feeley arrived in Philadelphia in 1860
  • Michael Feeley, who landed in Michigan in 1882
  • Ellen Feeley, aged 17, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Tubbercurry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Agnes Feeley, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Clonbur, Ireland, in 1907
  • Francis C. Feeley, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Kingstown, Ireland, in 1907
  • Augustus Feeley, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Boyle, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Feeley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Feeley (post 1700)



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

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Feeley Historic Events


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Feeley Historic Events




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
  • 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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    11. ...

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

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