Foley Family History
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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
Similar surnames: Soley, Coley, Furey, Fey, Godley, Fowle, Faley, Folley, Alley, Boley