A surname of England, Ireland and Guernsey (Channel Island); in England and Guernsey, ? a variant of FOLLETT; in Ireland (O) Foley, Ó Foghladha, Ir. foghlaidhe - plunderer, though in Co. Roscommon a synonym of Mac Sharry, MacSearraigh, from searrach - foal. MacLysaght states that "The distinguished English family of Foley is said to be of Irish origin," but Cottle suggests that the Worchestershire family has probably another origin. (MacLysaght, Cottle, Bardsley, Turk). See also FOWLER. Traced by MacLysaght in the south Munster and Co. Roscommon, by Cottle and Bardsley in Worchestershire and neighbouring counties, and by Spiegelhalter in Devon.
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