Foley Family CrestThe Irish surname Foley is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Foghladha meaning “descendant of Foghlaidh,” a name meaning “pirate, or plunderer.” The Foley clan 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 first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maoliosa O'Foley, Archbishop of Cashel, which was dated 1131. Today there are approximately 50,000 bearers of the name Foley in the United States. 

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