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Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Language(s) Irish
Word/Name Ó hÁilgheasa
Meaning "descendant of Áilgheas"
Other names
Cognate(s) Hallessy, Hallisey, Hallisy, Hallissy, Hallisay, O Hallishy, O Hallyse

Hallissey is an English-language surname, derived from the Irish-language, and traditionally associated with the Irish counties of Cork and Kerry.


The name is derived from the Irish Ó hÁilgheasa,[1][2][3] a patronym meaning "descendant of Áilgheas".[4][5] The latter personal name is derived from the Irish áilgheas, meaning "eagerness".[1][4][5] The modern Irish form of the name is Ó hÁileasa.[1]


Other English-language surnames cognate to Hallissey include Hallessy,[3] Hallisey,[4][5] Hallisy,[6] Hallissy,[1][3][7] Hallisay, O Hallishy, and O Hallyse.[3]


The surname Hallissey is traditionally found in County Cork and County Kerry,[6][7] particularly in west Cork and south Kerry.[2]






  1. ^ a b c d de Bhulbh, S (1997). Sloinnte na h-Éireann: Irish Surnames. Limerick: Comhar-Chumann Íde Naofa Teo. pp. 6, 215. ISBN 0-9530560-0-7. OL 316008M – via Open Library. 
  2. ^ a b MacLysaght, E (1964). A Guide to Irish Surnames. Genealogical Book Co. p. 105 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ó hÁilgheasa". Library Ireland. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hallisey Family History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Hallisey". Answers.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b O'Laughlin, M (1992). The Book of Irish Families Great & Small. Kansas City: Irish Genealogical Foundation. p. 135. ISBN 0-940134-08-X. OL 1326957M – via Open Library. 
  7. ^ a b O'Laughlin, MC (1996). The Book of Irish Families, Great & Small. Vol. 4, The Families of County Cork, Ireland. Kansas City: Irish Genealogical Foundation. p. 87. ISBN 0-940134-35-7 – via Google Books.