Coat of Arms: Blue with a gold lion; on an ermine stripe at the top, a diagonal black stripe.
Crest: A hand in armour holding a baton.
Motto: Honor virtutis praemium
Origin Displayed: Irish
Where did the Irish Hickey family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Hickey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Hickey is O hIcidhe, which is derived from the word iceadh, which refers to a physician or healer.
The general population of Ireland, like those of Europe and Britain during the Middle Ages, was illiterate; as such, people could not specify an exact spelling of their surnames for those very literate scribes. The scribes, therefore, recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Hickey some of these variations included: Hickey, Hickie, O'Hickey, O'Hickie, Hicky and others.
First found in county Clare where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Hickey: James Hickey settled in Boston in 1768; Catharine Hickey settled in Pennsylvania in 1772; Daniel, Denis, Edward, James, John, Lawrence, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Hickey arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1855. In Newfoundland, William Hickey settled in St. John's in 1755.
Motto Translated: Honor is the reward of virtue.
Suggested Readings for the name Hickey
* Hicklin (also Hickey) Families in America by Marjorie Abbott-Braswell.
* Hickin (also Hickey) by Pasha Palombi Smith.
Some noteworthy people of the name Hickey
* William Hickey (1928-1997), American actor
* Kieran Hickey (1936-1993), Irish filmmaker, writer and documentary maker