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Where did the Irish Fey family come from? What is the Irish Fey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fey family history?

The Irish name Fey has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Fey is O Fathaigh, derived from the word "fothadh," meaning "foundation."

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The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Fey were encountered in the archives: Fahey, Fahie, Fahy, Fay, O'Fahey, O'Fahy, Vahey and many more.

First found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fey research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Fey family came to North America quite early:

Fey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Fey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Mark Fey, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Johan Nicolas Fey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johann Nikolaus Fey, who landed in America in 1741
  • Johann Simon Fey, who arrived in America in 1741


Fey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Fey, who landed in Braxil in 1827
  • George Fey, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • John Peter Fey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837
  • Christ Fey, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Fanny Fey, aged 46, landed in New York, NY in 1851


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  • Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (b. 1970), Golden Globe award winning American actress, comedian, writer and producer
  • Signore Carlo Fey (d. 1912), aged 30, English Scullion from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.

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The Fey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fey 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 19 February 2014 at 15:00.

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