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Where did the Irish Fraley family come from? When did the Fraley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fraley family history?The Fraley surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."
Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Fraley family name include Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.
First found in Leinster, where they were found mainly in County Longford.
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The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Fraley:
Fraley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Fraley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fraley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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