Healey 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 Healey 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 Healey family

The surname Healey 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 Healey family

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Healey Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Healey found include Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

Early Notables of the Healey 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...
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United States Healey migration to the United States +

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Healey:

Healey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Healey, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1645 [1]
  • Samuel Healey, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
Healey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Williaan Healey, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [1]
  • Thomas Healey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Peter Healey, aged 40, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 [1]
  • Cath Healey, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • John Healey, aged 17, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Healey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Healey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Healey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 225 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [2]
Healey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ezra Healey, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • James Healey, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Neal Healey, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Mary Healey, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Mary Ann Healey, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Healey migration to Australia +

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

Healey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Healey, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. James Healey, English convict who was convicted in Southwark, London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Michael Healey, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mary Healey, aged 15, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [6]
  • Catherine Healey, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Healey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Healey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dr Healey, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • Mr. Healey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [7]
  • Mrs. Healey, British settler travelling from London with 5 children aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [7]
  • Mr. Peter Healey, British settler arriving as the 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [8]
  • Mr. James Healey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Healey (post 1700) +

  • Robert J. "Bob" Healey Jr. (1957-2016), American attorney, businessman, educator, restaurateur and political activist
  • Arthur Daniel Healey (1889-1948), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • James Christopher Healey (1909-1981), American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1956, 1960, 1964 [9]
  • H. T. Healey, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 1938 [9]
  • Francis G. Healey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 31st District, 1962 [9]
  • Ella F. Healey, American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1936 [9]
  • Edward J. Healey (1924-2000), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1974-80, 1982-84, 1986-2000 [9]
  • Edward J. Healey, American politician, Mayor of Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1927, 1933 [9]
  • Edward F. Healey, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 14th District, 1920 [9]
  • Daniel Healey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1912 [9]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. James Healey, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Henry Frederick Healey, British Corporal Sergeant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was wounded in action [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Gordon Allenby Healey, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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