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The Talley surname comes from the Gaelic Ó Taithligh, meaning "descendant of Taithleach," a Gaelic personal name meaning "peaceable."

Early Origins of the Talley family

The surname Talley was first found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat as eranaghs of Devenish. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found as Chiefs of Hy-Laoghaire, of Lough Lir, a district in the barony of Lurg Erne near Tyrone.

Early History of the Talley family

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Talley Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Talley family name include Tally, Talley, Tallie, Tallee and others.

Early Notables of the Talley family

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Talley Ranking

In the United States, the name Talley is the 937th most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name. [1]

United States Talley 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 Talley to North America:

Talley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Talley, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Thomas Talley, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Stephen Talley, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • William Talley, who landed in Delaware in 1693 [2]
Talley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Talley, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [2]
Talley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Talley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Mary Talley, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [2]
  • Henry I. Talley, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1896
Talley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amy Kathleen Talley, aged 25, who landed in America from England, in 1908
  • Homer Talley, aged 31, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • James Talley, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1909
  • George S. Talley, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Edwin Talley, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Talley (post 1700) +

  • André Leon Talley (1948-2022), American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, Vogue's fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, and then its first African-American male creative director from 1988 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2013, stylist for former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
  • André Leon Talley (b. 1949), American former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine
  • Jeralean Talley (1899-2015), née Kurtz, an American supercentenarian who lived to be the age of 116 years, 25 days
  • Dyer Findley Talley (b. 1865), American surgeon, President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama
  • Julian Talley (b. 1989), American NFL football wide receiver for the New York Giants
  • Keyth Talley (b. 1990), American gold and silver medalist sprinter
  • Fred Talley (b. 1980), American former NFL football running back
  • David Prescott Talley (b. 1950), American auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in Georgia
  • Archie Talley (b. 1953), American former basketball player and motivational speaker
  • Marion Nevada Talley (1906-1983), American opera coloratura soprano
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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) on Facebook