Show ContentsHuey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Huey originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEochaidh" or "Mac Eochaidh," derived from an Irish personal name "Eachaidh," meaning a "horseman."

Early Origins of the Huey family

The surname Huey was first found in Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times at Ballymackeogh, and were descended from the MacKeoghs who in turn were descended from their eponymous ancestor Eochaidh O'Kelly one of the ancient Kings of Ui Maine.

Early History of the Huey family

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Huey Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Huey include Hoey, O'Hoey, Hoy, Hue, Kehoe, Keogh, MacKeogh and many more.

Early Notables of the Huey family

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Huey Ranking

In the United States, the name Huey is the 2,568th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. 1

United States Huey migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Huey to North America:

Huey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mich Huey, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 2
Huey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Paulus Huey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 2
  • Johan Wilhelm Huey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 2
  • Adam Huey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 2
  • John Huey, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772 2
  • Johan Friederich Huey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775 2
Huey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Huey, who landed in Maryland in 1802 2
  • Betty Huey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 2
  • David Huey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Huey (post 1700) +

  • Jefry Huey, American slalom canoer
  • Pennock Huey (1828-1903), American officer and cavalry brigade commander in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Eugene Aaron Huey (b. 1947), former American football defensive back
  • Baby Huey (1944-1970), American rock and soul singer
  • Craig Alan Huey (b. 1950), American Republican Party politician and a businessman
  • Aaron Huey (b. 1975), award winning American photographer
  • Lee Roy Huey, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Caldwell County, 1964 3
  • John F. Huey, American politician, Mayor of Moline, Illinois, 1931-33 3
  • Jacqueline Huey, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1992; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 3
  • Gloria Huey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 2008 3
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Huey +

  • Huey Family History: Many Families, Connected by Marriage.. by V.H. Huey.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook