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Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 12:46:35 CST
From: "Fay List" (
Subject: [FAY] Irish Fahey's

Dear Listers,

This is the relevant portion of a response I got from Pat Traynor, regarding Irish Fay/Fahey

Bob Fay
Looks Irish to me......

FAHY, of Ulster: FAHY pedigree is on Page 445 of vol. 1, "Irish Pedigrees", by John O'Hart. Has a description of the Arms. Only about 13 ancient names in it, going up to about the 10th century. Fadhaigh; (fadh = "a cut"; ach = "a skirmish"); anglicised FAHY, FAHIE, and FAY.

A branch off the O'Neill of Tyrone pedigree.

There were 63 births of FAHYs in Galway in 1890. (Matheson)


Fahy in Irish is O Fathaigh, probably from fothadh meaning 'base' or 'foundation'. Another, rare, English version of the name is 'Vahey'. Strangely, it has also been anglicised as 'Green' because of a mistaken association with faithce, meaning 'lawn'. The name still has a very strong association with Co Galway, where the historic homeland was situated. The area of the familys power was around the modern town of Loughrea in the south of the county, and the surname is still most plentiful in this area, despite the upheavals and migrations which have spread the name quite widely throughout Ireland. The best known bearer of the name was Francis Arthur Fahy (1854-1935), songwriter and literary man, who paved the way for the Irish Literary Revival through his lifelong involvement with the Gaelic League and the London Irish Literary Society. (Source unknown)
(I have no personal interest in this name)

Patrick Traynor, in California's gold-rush country.