The original Gaelic form of O'Foly was O Foghladha, derived from the word "foghladha," which means "plunderer."
Early Origins of the O'Foly family
The surname O'Foly was first found in Waterford
(Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland
in the Province of Munster
, in southern Ireland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Foly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Foly research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1131, 1580, 1657, 1617, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1624, 1676, 1651, 1702, 1644, 1699, 1695, 1699, 1655, 1695, 1673, 1733, 1694 and 1712 are included under the topic Early O'Foly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Foly Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name O'Foly dating from that time include Foley, MacSharry, Foaley, Foli, Fooley, Sharry, Sharrie, McSharry, MacSharey, McSharey, Foalie, Foolie, Fowlie and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Foly family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was John Henry Foley, sculptor in Dublin; Richard Foley (1580-1657), English ironmaster, best known from the folktale of "Fiddler Foley"; Thomas Foley (1617-1677), an English ironmaster and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and 1677; Robert Foley (1624-1676), of... Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Foly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Foly family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Foly or a variant listed above: Bryan Foley who purchased land in Virginia in 1714; followed by James Foley in 1770; the Foleys also settled in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The O'Foly Motto
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: Ut prosim
Motto Translation: That I may be of use.