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

Feely Early Origins



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

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Feely Spelling Variations


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Feely Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Feely family name include Feeley, Fealy, Feally, Feely, Fehilly, Fehley, Feley, O'Feeley, O'Feely and many more.

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Feely Early History


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Feely Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feely research. Another 444 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1548, 1555, 1559, 1567, and 1626 are included under the topic Early Feely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Feely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Feely Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feely 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



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Feely to North America:

Feely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Feely was recorded in Philadelphia in 1802
  • Charles Feely, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel, James, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, and Thomas Feely all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1802 and 1874

Feely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Feely, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Biddy Feely, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ellen Feely, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ann Feely, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Biddy Feely arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick between 1833-1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Feely Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Feely, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • James Feely, aged 65, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • William Feely, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Patrick Feely, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Lizzie Feely, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Feely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Feely (post 1700)



  • John Joseph Feely (1875-1905), U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Herta Burbach Feely, American award-winning writer, editor, and child safety activist
  • Thomas James "Jay" Feely (b. 1976), American football placekicker
  • Tom Feely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948
  • John Joseph Feely (1875-1905), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 2nd District, 1901-03
  • Jeanette Feely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1980
  • James W. Feely, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1939-46, 1949-51
  • Guy A. Feely, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1909-10
  • Edward Francis Feely (1880-1964), American Republican politician, Exporter; U.S. Minister to Bolivia, 1930-33
  • Daniel Feely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    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. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. 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.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Feely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Feely 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 4 November 2016 at 08:48.

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