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The original Gaelic form of Foley was O Foghladha, derived from the word "foghladha," which means "plunderer."

Foley Early Origins



The surname Foley was first found in Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, in southern Ireland where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Foley Spelling Variations


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Foley 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 Foley revealed many variations, including Foley, MacSharry, Foaley, Foli, Fooley, Sharry, Sharrie, McSharry, MacSharey, McSharey, Foalie, Foolie, Fowlie and many more.

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Foley Early History


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Foley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foley research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1131, 1580, 1657, 1617, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1624, 1676, 1651, 1702, 1644, 1699, 1695, 1699, 1655, 1695, 1673, 1733, 1694 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Foley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was John Henry Foley, sculptor in Dublin; Richard Foley (1580-1657), English ironmaster, best known from the folktale of "Fiddler Foley"; Thomas Foley (1617-1677), an English ironmaster and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1677; Robert Foley (1624-1676), of...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foley 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Foley family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Foley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Foley, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Foley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bryan Foley purchased land in Virginia in 1714
  • James Foley purchased land in Virginia in 1770
  • Morris Foley, who arrived in America in 1787
  • Maurice Foley, who landed in America in 1799

Foley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Foley, aged 45, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Foley, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Elea Foley, aged 27, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Anne Foley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Foley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Foley was a fisherman of Torbay in Newfoundland in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Foley, from Dublin, an Irish convict, landed in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland in 1789 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Foley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Foley of Cashel Parish (Tipperary) in Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1804 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • James Foley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Peter Foley, who landed in Halifax in 1811
  • Mich Foley, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Michael Foley, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Foley, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Catherine Foley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • Bridget Foley, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • John Foley, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Bridget Foley, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Foley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Micheal Foley, aged 41, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Foley, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Julia Foley, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • John Foley, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foley (post 1700)



  • Leo T. Foley (1928-2016), American politician, Member of the Minnesota Senate (1997-2011)
  • James Wright Foley (1973-2014), American freelance photojournalist who was beheaded in a filmed execution
  • Captain Jack Edward Foley (1922-2009), American commissioned officer during World War II, portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Jamie Bamber
  • Jack Foley, American poet
  • Charles F. Foley (b. 1868), American lawyer and politician
  • Raphus Foley Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Robert E. Foley, American politician, Warden (borough president) of Southington, Connecticut, 1947
  • Roger D. Foley (1917-1996), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Nevada, 1962-82
  • Roger Thomas Foley (1886-1974), American Democrat politician, District judge in Nevada, 1939-41; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1944; U.S. District Judge for Nevada, 1945
  • Samuel J. Foley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1891-95; Member of New York State Senate 12th District, 1896-1906
  • ... (Another 112 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Foley Historic Events


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Foley Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Margaret  Foley, Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. M. S.  Foley, Canadian Able Seaman with the Naval Department from Westmount, Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Rodney A Foley (b. 1901), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur Richard Foley, American 2nd Class passenger from Trenton, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William C. Foley, aged 26, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
  • Mr. John Foley, aged 44, English Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 4
  • Mr. Joseph Foley (d. 1912), aged 19, Irish Third Class passenger from Broadford, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Foley (d. 1912), aged 20, Irish Third Class passenger from Donoughmore, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Foley


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Suggested Readings for the name Foley



  • Our Foleys' by Vivian E. Meissner Foley.
  • Notes on Andrews, Carlisle, Foley, and Hagarty Families of Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1790-1870 by John Bradley Arthaud.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Ut prosim
Motto Translation: That I may be of use.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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The Foley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foley 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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