We have extracted those family names that passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924. We have also included the Furey and Fury extracts from the Griffith's Valuation which listed all residents of the country. This valuation took place from 1848 to 1864.

Our name is not that common when compared to the heavy weights of Irish ancestry and an analysis of the of the 2001 Irish national phone directory reveals the following Furey phones per county (we will follow up with an equivalent Fury table sometime!): -

 
    Cavan
Clare
Cork
Donegal
Dublin
Galway
Kerry

1
1
5
29
27
55
0

Kildare
Kilkenny
Laois
Leitrim
Limerick
Longford
Louth

2
0
0
1
3
3
1

Mayo
Meath
Monaghan
Offaly
Roscommon
Tipperary
Sligo
4
2
2
1
8
0
4

Waterford
Westmeath
Wexford
Wicklow


Total 2001

0
7
1
1


159
   

As you can see and as mentioned in the above history, Galway does top the league of counties with Donegal and Dublin second and third. There is a noticeable lack of Fureys in the southern counties. On a personal note, I have early memories of checking the Dublin directory while living in Churchtown (Dublin) back in the 60's and finding only those Furey phone numbers covering my father, my uncle in Lucan, my grandparents and one or two other Fureys in Raheny far away in the Northside of Dublin! There are now 27 in Dublin.
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