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Foley Family History

Foley Name Meaning
(southern) reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Foghladha ‘descendant of Foghlaidh’, a byname meaning ‘pirate’, ‘marauder’.(northern) Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Searraigh (see McSharry), chosen because of its phonetic approximation to English foal.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Foley Families

  • Number of Foley families
     839 - 1,675
     280 - 838
     1 - 279
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Foley families
     422 - 841
     141 - 421
     1 - 140
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Foley families
     124 - 245
     42 - 123
     1 - 41
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Foley Family Origin

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Foley Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Foley

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Foley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Foley census records

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Foley Civil War Service Records

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