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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 Heley 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."

Heley Early Origins



The surname Heley 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.

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Heley Spelling Variations


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Heley Spelling Variations



The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Heley that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

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Heley Early History


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Heley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heley research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1st , 1st , 1800, 1724, 1794, 1579, 1701, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Heley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick O'Healy, Franciscan Bishop of Mayo, tortured and martyred in 1579; Sir John Hely (died 1701), an English-born, Irish judge, Chief Baron of the Irish...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many Irish families did not fare so well within the English-ruled Ireland. Besides racial and religious discrimination, many families were renting out small tracts of farmland from absentee landowners at often unreasonable rates. Beginning in the late 18th century, moderately well off Irish families decided to emigrate to British North America or the United States in order to own their own plot of land. A radical change occurred in the 1840s, however, with the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Up to this point, the island's population had been increasing rapidly and a steady demand over the years for grain crops had depleted soil. Two failed crops and one poor one caused widespread disease and starvation. Thousands boarded ships looking for opportunities elsewhere. North America welcomed them as a source of cheap labor required for the many industrial and infrastructure projects underway, and as a means to quickly occupy the western regions. Research into immigration and passenger ship lists indicates that people bearing the name Heley were among the earliest settlers to arrive in North America:

Heley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elinor Heley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Heley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hannah Heley, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. 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).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. 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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    11. ...

    The Heley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heley 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 January 2015 at 10:55.

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