Foley


Foley
This interesting surname is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Foghladha". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Foghladha" meaning pirate or plunderer. This great sept originated in the southern Munster County of Waterford, and from there spread to Counties Cork and Kerry, where the name is particularly widespread, and ranks among the sixty most numerous surnames in Ireland. The distinguished English family of Foley, centred in Worcestershire and its surrounding counties, is believed to be of Irish origin. In his "Dictionary of English and Welsh surnames", C.W. Bardsley, M.A., states that "Foley must be looked upon as an Irish surname". Among the several notable namebearers listed in the "Dictionary of National Biography" are Thomas Foley (1617 - 1677), founder of the Old Swinford Hospital, Worcestershire (1667); Daniel Foley, professor of Irish at Trinity College, Dublin, 1849 - 1861; and John Henry Foley (1818 - 1874), sculptor, who attained international fame in his sphere. Among his public works are O'Connell, Goldsmith and Burke in Dublin, and the figure of the Prince Consort in the Albert Memorial Hyde Park. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maoliosa O'Foley, Archbishop of Cashel, which was dated 1131, in "Medieval Ecclesiastical Records of Ireland", during the reign of Turlough Mor O'Connor, High King of Ireland, 1119 - 1156. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Foley — may mean: Contents 1 Places 2 People 3 Sound effects 4 …   Wikipedia

  • Foley — steht für: Foley (Familienname), der Familienname Foley Foley (Film), siehe Geräuschemacher Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Foley (Alabama) Foley (Florida) Foley (Indiana) Foley (Louisiana) Foley (Minnesota) Foley (Missouri) Foley (Oklahoma)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Foley — Foley, AL U.S. city in Alabama Population (2000): 7590 Housing Units (2000): 3468 Land area (2000): 14.280885 sq. miles (36.987320 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.013234 sq. miles (0.034276 sq. km) Total area (2000): 14.294119 sq. miles (37.021596… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Foley, AL — U.S. city in Alabama Population (2000): 7590 Housing Units (2000): 3468 Land area (2000): 14.280885 sq. miles (36.987320 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.013234 sq. miles (0.034276 sq. km) Total area (2000): 14.294119 sq. miles (37.021596 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Foley, MN — U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 2154 Housing Units (2000): 793 Land area (2000): 1.875389 sq. miles (4.857234 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.875389 sq. miles (4.857234 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Foley, MO — U.S. city in Missouri Population (2000): 178 Housing Units (2000): 74 Land area (2000): 0.146511 sq. miles (0.379463 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.146511 sq. miles (0.379463 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • foley — [fō′lē] adj. [after J. Foley (1891 1967), Hollywood sound effects specialist] of or having to do with the creation or editing of sound effects for the soundtracks of films [a foley walker dubs footsteps] …   English World dictionary

  • Foley — (spr. fōlì), John Henry, engl. Bildhauer, geb. 24. Mai 1818 in Dublin, gest. 27. Aug. 1874 in London, bildete sich an der Dubliner Society of Art und seit 1834 an der Londoner Akademie. Die Gruppe Ino und Bacchus (1840) verschaffte ihm zuerst… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Foley — (spr. lĕ), John Henry, engl. Bildhauer, geb. 24. Mai 1818 in Dublin, gest. 24. Aug. 1874 zu London; mytholog. Bildwerke und Porträtfiguren (unter anderm Prinz Albert für das Albert Memorial in London) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Foley's — Infobox Company company name = Foley s company company type = Department store foundation = 1900 location = Houston, Texas industry = Retail products = Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, housewares homepage =… …   Wikipedia

  • Foley — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Foley peut désigner : Patronyme Foley est un nom de famille notamment porté par : Anthony Foley (né en 1973), joueur irlandais de rugby à… …   Wikipédia en Français


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