Fihilly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Fihilly family in Ireland was "Mac Fithcheallaigh," from the word "fithcheallach," referring to a chess player.
Early Origins of the Fihilly family
The surname Fihilly was first found in counties Donegal and Derry, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Fihilly family
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Fihilly Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Fihilly were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Feeley, Fealy, Feally, Feely, Fehilly, Fehley, Feley, O'Feeley, O'Feely and many more.
Early Notables of the Fihilly family (pre 1700)
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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Fihilly family in North America:
Fihilly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fihilly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century