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Foley Name History

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Foley is a surname, originating in Ireland in the southeast Munster region. The name is derived from the original modern Irish Ó Foghlú and older Irish Ó Foghladha, with the original meaning 'plunderers.' The Lord of the Decies (the Waterford area of Munster) was a title attributed to some early Foleys. The name Foley has a loose meaning in Anglo-Saxon as "Pirate" or "Marauder."

Variant spellings of the Irish surname Foley include Foaley, Foli, Fooley, Foalie, Foolie, Fowlie, and many more.

Learn more about the Foleys

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Foley surname. There is a wide selection of Foley coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Where are the Foley Pubs in Ireland?

We found a least four Foley pubs in Ireland, in Counties Kerry, Sligo and Limerick. Here are some links to find out more about them.

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Foley pub gifts are the next best thing!


Notable people named Foley

  • Adrian Foley, 8th Baron Foley, British composer
  • Anthony Foley, Irish rugby player
  • Axel Foley, fictitious character played by Eddie Murphy
  • Blaze Foley, American singer
  • Brendan Foley, Irish writer-director
  • Charles F. Foley, American lawyer and politician
  • Chris Foley, several people
  • Cornelia MacIntyre Foley, American/Hawaiian artist
  • Curry Foley, early Irish baseball player
  • Dave Foley, Canadian actor
  • David Foley, English professional footballer
  • Denis Foley, Irish politician
  • Desmond Foley, Irish sportsman and politician
  • Dominic Foley, Irish professional footballer
  • Ellen Foley, American singer and actress
  • Fiona Foley, Australian artist
  • Francis B. Foley. (1887-1973), American ferrous metallurgist.
  • Frank Foley, British spy against the Nazi regime in Germany
  • Gaelen Foley, American writer
  • Gary Foley, Australian activist and academic
  • Glenn Foley, American football player
  • Henry Foley (cricketer), New Zealand cricketer
  • James D. Foley, Georgia Tech professor
  • John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor
  • John R. Foley, United States congressman
  • Joseph P. Foley, Canadian politician
  • Kevin Foley, Australian politician
  • Kevin Foley (footballer), Irish professional footballer
  • Laurence Foley, American diplomat
  • Leo Foley, Minnesota politician and state senator
  • Linda Foley, American journalist and labor leader
  • Louise Munro Foley, American writer
  • Mark Foley (born 1954) US congressman from Florida
  • Mark Foley (Cork hurler), Irish curler
  • Mark Foley (Limerick hurler), Irish curler
  • Martin Foley, Irish criminal
  • Margaret Foley, artist
  • Matt Foley, fictional character from Saturday Night Live
  • Mick Foley, American professional wrestler
  • Pat Foley, sports broadcaster
  • Philip Foley, British ironmaster and politician
  • Red Foley, American country singer
  • Robert Foley (academic), British evolutionary biologist
  • Sallie Foley, American psychotherapist
  • Samuel Foley (1655-–1695), bishop of Down and Connor.
  • Samuel J. Foley (1862-–1922), New York politician
  • Scott Foley, American actor
  • Steven Foley-Sheridan, Irish soccer player
  • Sue Foley, Canadian blues musician
  • Theo Foley, Irish former footballer and football manager
  • Theodore Foley, Roman Catholic priest
  • Thos Foley, Irish snow skier
  • Tom Foley, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1989-–95)
  • Tom Foley (infielder), baseball player and coach of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s
  • Tucker Foley, fictional character from Danny Phantom
  • Zac Foley (1970-–2002), bassist for EMF (band)

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