Hely 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 Hely 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 Hely family

The surname Hely 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 Hely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hely 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 Hely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hely Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hely are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Hely included Haly, Haley, Haily, Hely, Healy, Healey, O'Healey, O'Haly and many more.

Early Notables of the Hely 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 Hely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hely migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants landed on North American shores. Although many of them were merely looking for a free plot of land and living of their very own, many later immigrants were desperately fleeing an overcrowded land that did not have sufficient food for its inhabitants. The exodus from Ireland was greatest during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine had stricken the island. Although this large influx of Irish was unpopular with the great majority of people already established within the major centers, these Irish were critical to the speedy development of the United States and those colonies that would eventually become known as Canada. These immigrants provided the cheap labor required to build modern roads, bridges, canals, and railways. Research of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of immigrants to North America baring the name of Hely:

Hely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hely, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [1]
  • Mathew Hely, aged 21, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Hely, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • William Hely, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Terin Hely, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Hely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Morris Hely, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]

Australia Hely migration to Australia +

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

Hely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Hely, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hely (post 1700) +

  • James Hely, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1988
  • Albert Hely, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1924
  • Steve Hely, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated writer, best known for his work on Late Show with David Letterman(1993) and The Office (2005)
  • Frederick Augustus Hely (1794-1836), Irish-born, public servant and settler of colonial Australia
  • Justice Peter Hely (1944-2005), Australian judge in the Federal Court of Australia
  • Hovenden Hely (1823-1872), Australian explorer and politician
  • Hely Yánes (b. 1967), Venezuelan light-middleweight boxer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Hely Hutchinson Almond (1832-1903), Scottish educationist


  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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.


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