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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 America. 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Daniel, James, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, and Thomas Feely all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1802 and 1874

Feely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Feely, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Biddy Feely, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ellen Feely, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Ann Feely, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Biddy Feely, who 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, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • James Feely, aged 65, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • William Feely, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Patrick Feely, aged 23, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Lizzie Feely, aged 29, a domestic servant, who 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Joseph Feely (1875-1905), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois 2nd District, 1901-03 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jeanette Feely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1980 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James W. Feely, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1939-46, 1949-51 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Guy A. Feely, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1909-10 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward Francis Feely (1880-1964), American Republican politician, Exporter; U.S. Minister to Bolivia, 1930-33 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Daniel Feely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1912 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. 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.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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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