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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Hickey is O hIcidhe, which is derived from the word "iceadh," which refers to a "physician" or "healer."

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The surname Hickey was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hickey that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Hickey, Hickie, O'Hickey, O'Hickie, Hicky and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickey research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1014 is included under the topic Early Hickey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hickey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Hickey:

Hickey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Hickey settled in Boston in 1768
  • Catharine Hickey settled in Pennsylvania in 1772

Hickey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hickey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • William Hickey, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • Dennis Hickey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Richard Hickey, aged 26, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Daniel Hickey, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1844
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Hickey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Hickey settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1755
  • Michael Hickey in Chapel's Cove, Newfoundland in 1782
  • Thomas Hickey in Harbour Main, Newfoundland in 1783
  • Mr. John Hickey U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hickey Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
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Hickey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Hickey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1806
  • Mary Hickey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Ellen Hickey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Patrick Hickey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Daniel Hickey, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
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Hickey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Julia Hickey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • Mary Hickey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • Michael Hickey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • Andrew Hickey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • James Hickey, aged 26, a shepherd, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
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Hickey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Johanna Hickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Jane Hickey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Eugene Hickey arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Morris Hickey arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
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  • John Benjamin Hickey (b. 1963), American Tony Award winning actor in stage, film and television
  • Edgar S. "Eddie" Hickey (1902-1980), American football and basketball coach, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979
  • Howard Wayne "Red" Hickey (1917-2006), American NFL football player and coach
  • Thomas Hickey (b. 1776), Continental Army soldier in the American Revolutionary War, the first person executed for treason in America
  • David "Dave" Hickey (b. 1940), American art and cultural critic
  • James Aloysius Hickey (1920-2004), American Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Washington, D. C. from 1980 to 2000
  • Thomas Francis Hickey (1861-1940), American prelate, 2nd Roman Catholic Bishop of Rochester (1909-1928)
  • Ersel Hickey (1934-2004), American rockabilly singer best known for his hit song "Bluebirds over the Mountain"
  • Kevin John Hickey (1956-2012), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played from 1981 to 1991
  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Francis Hickey (1898-1983), American Commanding General 3rd Army (1955-1958)
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Hickey Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Arthur W.  Hickey (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward  Hickey (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Arthur Hickey (1914-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Colac, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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  • Hicklin (also Hickey) Families in America by Marjorie Abbott-Braswell.
  • Hickin (also Hickey) by Pasha Palombi Smith.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honor virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Honor is the reward of virtue.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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