Hailey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While many Irish names are quite familiar to us, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Hailey is O hEalaighthe, which is derived from the word "ealadhach," which means "ingenious." Another Gaelic form of the surname is O hEilidhe, which is derived from the word "eilidhe," which means "claimant."

Early Origins of the Hailey family

The surname Hailey was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hailey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hailey research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1800, 1724, 1794, 1656, 1741, 1579, 1701, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Hailey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hailey Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name Hailey revealed many spelling variations, including Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

Early Notables of the Hailey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Edmond (Edmund) Halley, FRS (1656-1741), an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet. He was born in Haggerston, in east London, but his family came from Derbyshire. Patrick O'Healy, was a Franciscan Bishop of Mayo...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hailey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hailey migration to the United States +

During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Hailey:

Hailey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Hailey, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Donegal, in 1902
  • Margaret Hailey, aged 40, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1902
  • Mary E Hailey, aged 54, who settled in America from Maidstone, in 1906
  • William A. Hailey, aged 23, who settled in America from Brackley, in 1906
  • Thomas Hailey, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hailey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hailey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hailey, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hailey (post 1700) +

  • Thomas G. Hailey, American politician, Justice of Oregon State Supreme Court, 1905-06 [2]
  • O. E. Hailey, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1927-29, 1929-31 [2]
  • Sallie Hailey (b. 1903), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 (delegation vice-chair); County Judge in Missouri, 1965-66; Member of Democratic National Committee from Missouri, 1966-67 [2]
  • Newt Hailey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1944, 1956 [2]
  • Mel Hailey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980; Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 71st District, 2006 [2]
  • Lyman P. Hailey, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Kentucky convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [2]
  • Joe C. Hailey, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 1st District, 1938 [2]
  • D. M. Hailey, American Democrat politician, Member, Committee to Notify Presidential Nominee, Democratic National Convention, member, 1912, member, 1916 [2]
  • Evelyn Clare Momsen Hailey (1921-2011), American politician, Member of the Virginia Senate (1982-1984)
  • Thomas G. Hailey (1865-1908), American attorney and judge, the 35th Associate Justice on the Oregon Supreme Court (1905-1907)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Hailey (1853-1914), née Rhodes Canadian First Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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