Humanities › History & Culture Healy Last Name Meaning and Origin What Does the Last Name Healy Mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Mark Gerum/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated August 05, 2019 The popular Irish surname Healy, is a shortened form of O'Healy, an anglicized form of one of the following: (1) the Gaelic surname Ó hÉilidhe, meaning "descendant of the claimant," from the Gaelic éilidhe, meaning "claimant." The Ó hÉilidhe clan originated in Connaught. (2) the Gaelic surname Ó hÉalaighthe, meaning "descendant of Éaladhach," a given name likely derived from ealadhach, meaning "ingenious." The Ó hÉalaighthe clan originated in Munster. Healy is now rarely found with the O prefix, such as O'Healy, O'Haly or O'Hely, all common forms of the surname up to the end of the seventeenth century. Healy may also be a geographical English surname for any of the places named "Healey" (or variants such as Hayleg, Helei, Heley, Helagh, and Helay) found in Lancashire, Northumberland or Yorkshire. The name means "the high clearing or wood", derived from the Old English heah, meaning "high" and leah, meaning "glade or clearing in a wood." Healy is one of 50 common Irish surnames of modern Ireland, ranking forty-seventh on the list with a total Irish population of about 13,000. Surname Origin: Irish, English Alternate Surname Spellings: HEALEY, HEELEY, HEELY, O'HEALY, O'HALY, O'HELY, O'HEALEY, HALY, HELY, HAILY Famous People with the Surname HEALY Mark Healy - American surferCecil Healy - Australian swimmerDermot Healy - Irish novelist, playwright, and poetJames Augustine Healy - first African-American Roman Catholic bishop in the United StatesRoy Healy - American rocket scientistTimothy Michael Healy - Irish politician Genealogy Resources for the Surname HEALY World Names Surname Profiler - Distribution of the HEALY SurnameTrace the geography and distribution of the HEALY surname through this free online database. It is fairly common throughout Ireland, with the greatest concentrations found in western Ireland. HEALY Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Healy surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Healy surname query. FamilySearch - HEALY GenealogyExplore over 2 million results, including digitized records, database entries, and online family trees for the Healy surname and variants on the FREE FamilySearch website, courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. HEALY Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Healy surname. DistantCousin.com - HEALY Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Healy. Can't find your last name listed? Suggest a surname to be added to the Glossary of Surname Meanings & Origins. References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.MacLysaght, Edward. Surnames of Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.