Bodium CastleDo you have fae ancestry? I mean really fae ancestry, the kind that can be written on your family tree?

If you have Irish ancestry, the answer is probably yes! Most people with Irish roots also have faerie ancestors.

Here’s a short version of the history.

The Irish fae world includes the Tuatha De Danann, who were the “gods and not-gods” (in Irish: de agus ande) of early Ireland.

The Tuatha De Danann were–and are–real people, or perhaps “beings” is a better word.

And, they married the (very human) Milesians and had children, when the Milesians conquered Ireland.

(This history is documented in many ancient sources, including The Annals of the Four Masters, one of Ireland’s earliest written histories, transcribed by monks.

The Milesians were the people who populated modern Ireland. Their surnames are the ones that start with O’ and Mac.

However, in recent times, those O’ and Mac prefixes were often dropped. For example, O’Baoighill became O’Boyle and then simply Boyle.

(Murphy was O’Murchadha and Sullivan was O’Suileabhain, and the list goes on…)

So, if you have Irish ancestry (and over 50% of people in the United States do), then you probably have Milesian blood in your veins.

That means you probably have faerie ancestors, too.

If you could trace your heritage back far enough, you’d get to the Irish ancestor who married one of the Tuatha De Danann, and you’d actually have the name of your faerie ancestor.

(If you’re a FitzGerald from the Limerick area, the process may be a lot easier, since Lord Desmond, the third Earl of Desmond, married the Tuatha De Danann goddess, Aine. Their son, Gerald, fourth Earl of Desmond, is still seen riding from Lough Gur every seven years when the lake is dry.)

My emphasis is on Irish faeries, because that’s my own ancestry.

However, many cultures have similar traditions, from Scandinavian to Indian to Arab to African.

Research your family tree and learn your faerie connections.

You may find some wonderful surprises!


165 Responses to Faeries in your family tree

  1. Jessi says:

    I need some guidance. Im positive i havea past life as a faerie and still am. Id really like two find out everything i could about my past life. Can anybody help me discover these truths?

  2. Joy says:

    This is so interesting. I have FitzGerald blood and it just so happens I am a whyte faerie witch. Coincidence? I doubt it..

  3. Holly says:

    This is a really useful website and it’s full of useful infomation. Like some I think I have seen faeries.
    I saw them in Ireland near an old oak tree. It was early eveing and there were little person like creatures. They seemed to be dancing but flying at the same time, circling round in the air, they also gave off a faint glow. I did’nt go to close for I did’nt want to disturb them. I belive that faeries make their homes inside of trees, and if one hears really quiet laughter it is a sign that a faeries are inhabiting a certain tree.

    I get really upset when I tell my friends about faeries because they always think im making it up. But I know better. They just have to belive and observe the world they live in a little more.

  4. Fiona says:

    To Holly: You’ve described the faeries beautifully! The glow is especially nice to see, since it’s unique to faeries.

    More and more people are realizing that we live in a world that faeries visit regularly. I hope your friends realize this, soon, so they can enjoy the beauty and grandeur of faeries!

  5. Fiona says:

    To Jessi:

    Dreams are one of the best ways to contact your past and present… and perhaps your future.

    Several quantum scientists have suggested that dreams aren’t fantasies; they’re very real visits to parallel worlds and times.

    Learn to remember your dreams, and see if you find clues there. That’s my best recommendation for beginning this journey.

  6. phoebe says:

    omg!!! i luv faeries. wat do u know about elementals? they’re really fascinating. i think i might be a fire elemental which is soo cool

  7. aviva says:

    i live in south africa so when ever the seasons change, everything is obviously different to what’s happening in the northern hemisphere. it seems to be throwing me out abit when it comes to the traditional celebrations of samhain, imbolc and so on…what can i do?is it proper to celebrate beltane when all the trees are bare and its pouring with rain?

    and i dont know much about the fae here in africa.could you please tell me more?

  8. John says:

    To Jesse, I recommend contacting Colby Wilk at He could more than likely help you find the answer.

  9. Fiona says:

    John, thanks for your recommendation.

  10. Shelby says:

    I have Irish ancestry, and I also have a weird kind of affinity for water. When I am around any body of water (creek, lake, ocean, etc.) I feel instantly calm and refreshed. I get depressed when I can’t regularly visit some kind of natural body of water. I have also felt a tree’s pain when it was being cut down… it was very strange. I was crying uncontrolably, and with every branch that was severed, I felt an odd, numbing pain spread through my body. Can you possibly explain this to me?

  11. Fiona says:


    I know exactly what you’re describing. For me, it’s not just water… it’s salt water. When I don’t live near the ocean (or at least near a salt lake), I’m miserable. I used to joke that being inland was like large-scale claustrophobia for me. I have no idea why I feel that way. One of my three children doesn’t feel the ocean connection; the other two seem to, but that doesn’t clearly prove a genetic element.

    However, your fae connection to water could relate to the faeries that are supposed to live beneath the water. Some examples include the faerie cities that are supposed to exist below the waves off the northeast coast of Ireland, and the castle that is supposed to be below the water in Lough Gur (Co. Limerick, Ireland). In both cases, there were a few people (perhaps through special equipment or magick) who could travel between the underwater places and our world. If one of them is your ancestor, the affinity for water may be genetic.

    Most people I’ve talked with, who have Celtic ancestry, seem to have a strong connection with trees. It’s almost protective, in some cases. I’m not sure why, but I’ve had very intense reactions to seeing a tree cut down, and since I was little, I felt terribly sad around trees with Dutch Elm disease, etc.

    There are some stories of shape-shifting into the form of trees, but I’m not sure that would explain this widespread phenomena.

    It’s an interesting but baffling reaction; all I can do is assure you that many, many people feel the same way.

  12. lacie says:

    I recommend contacting Gypsy at she has helped me so much in discovering my past and my future.

  13. Hester says:

    Hi, it is nice to finally meet some of the TDD, I found out by my spirit guides, and I am very honored but now, some major problems are arising for me, and I really need some help!!

  14. Fiona says:


    Gypsy is indeed respected by many people around Salem and in the Pagan community.


  15. Fiona says:


    I hope you find the answers you need, here or through your spirit guides.


  16. Cecilia says:

    I have no clue if i have faerie blood in me. but in one my past lives i am a fearie does this mean anything???

  17. webmaster says:


    You’re the only one who can answer that question, based on how much of a faerie you still are. You’ll need to consider your memories, and your experiences so far in this lifetime.

    Fiona Broome

  18. bekee says:

    can witches be faeries too??? do most faeries have wings?? can anyone give me advice on seeing my past life/s?please i know i have alot of Qs, btw i love this website!!!!

  19. bekee says:

    i have irish heritage, could i possibly have faerie ancestery??? is there any easy ways to find out?? help me!!

  20. Mrazeck says:

    No doubt about it with my family. Every woman in my family has a very strong connection with nature and such. Casting spells comes naturally for them (me, not so much), and it’s even lead to the “unintentional” demise of a few family enemies. Also, possibility of past lycanthropy in the family, believe me, if you looked at some of my family members you’d think they got stuck mid shift.

    Is there anything about fae blood causing trouble for technology, because I seem to kill my cell phone every couple of months and even once caused a perfectly good car battery to die (I have no clue how my computer has survived this long)

  21. Fiona says:


    I definitely like your humor.

    The technology issue is an interesting one. I remember, years ago, when Roseanne Barr had a talk show. She mentioned a study that showed people with multiple personality disorder have a higher-than-average likelihood of being near a streetlight when the light burns out.

    At the time I thought, “What?” (I’ve never found documentation of this. I wish I’d taken notes when she was talking about it.)

    But anyway, my thought is: If that’s true (and I’m not sure that it is), some of us might have very odd energy fields. So, there’s a kind of logic if you’re affecting electrical things.

    After all, we’ve seen batteries fail at haunted sites. That’s so common, we hardly even talk about it now. Other electronics can behave strangely at haunted places, as well. (Of course, it raises the question if we’re dealing with ghosts, or something fae, both… or neither.)

    But, I’m going to keep this in mind when I’m studying faeries. I think there might be more to learn.

    Thanks for your comment!

    Cheerfully, Fiona

  22. Fiona says:


    You’ll need to study your family tree to be sure that you connect with a Milesian family. (The surname usually starts with O’ or Mac, or you find someone of Milesian ancestry one generation before the Fitz- prefix entered your family tree.)

    However, I think the vast majority of families who’ve been in Ireland for at least three generations have some Milesian ancestry. That’s what usually indicates a genetic connection with the Tuatha De Danann.

    Cheerfully, Fiona

  23. Fiona says:


    Witches can be faeries, and vice versa. “Witches” are often people to adhere to the old ways, or who connect deeply with the earth and the seasons (aka, the wheel of the year).

    I discuss the wing issue elsewhere at this website, and in some of my podcasts.

    Regarding past lives, that’s outside the scope of this website. I’m focusing on faeries in history and in folklore.

    Cheerfully, Fiona

  24. bekee says:

    thankyou for your help Fiona, i would like to know when you study the faeries, do you encounter any? in which form? and in any special place? thanks again for your help and im looking forward to finding out more!!!

  25. bekee says:

    is there a special faery language that faeries speak?

  26. Michelle says:

    I love this site… I had no idea there were others that felt such deep connections. That I know of, I have no direct ancestry with faeries, but like Shelby said, except with something different, I love the forest and feel at home and at peace there. Like I could get lost in that world of leaves and trees and be forever happy. I was thinking perhaps this is because of a past life? Or maybe I somehow am a descendant of a faerie or I live another life in my dreams.

  27. Maggie says:

    Hello there!

    I was wondering if the faeries marrying the Irish could also be applied for the Scots. I think I might have fae blood, or something of the sort. I was also wondering if there are types of faeries, and if so, how to tell what type you are. Is there a certain type of magick fae can do? Also, I do not like to wear shoes; even in school, I am almost always barefoot as long as the teachers don’t catch me. :) I also don’t like to wear form-fitting clothes and I wear looser clothing (and preferably no… upper-undergarments). I don’t like to be restrained, I suppose, and was wondering if those “symptoms” could be related to the fae, or if I’m just weird. :)
    Thank you for your time!


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  29. Lady says:

    I don’t know much about my family tree except the fact that my grandmother’s maiden name is Mack and when she married it became Taylor. Also on my Dad’s side his last name is Francis and supposedly I have family in England, but I’m not sure. Are any of those names related? If any of those name have meaning that would mean that I have picked up on something ancient in my blood and would explain my attraction to paganism, Faeries and all other sorts of stuff my family finds odd. If not that’s okay too.

  30. Bekee says:

    would a valid point be that humans and faeries back then had children together? would this then contribute to whether someone has faery anstestry or not?
    what would be a good way to find out if you do or are there any tell-tale signs?
    thanks beck.

  31. Ebony says:

    does anyone know anything about the o’reilys? apparently one of them changed their name to rahaley and yer. do you think they may have faery blood? i hope so

  32. Laura says:

    I love trees and forests – it was one of the reasons I moved away from the Midwest plains shortly after moving into them. I feel a loss of energy whenever I move into a place barren of trees. I feel a pull to the ocean, but a stronger pull to the skies. Whenever I feel upset, my fist instinct is to go up; usually up a tree, which I am good at climbing, naturally, or something else if there are no trees around. I got in a good amount of trouble in preschool several times for climbing the playscape and ending up on the roof.

    For technology, it took practice in schooling my energies (learning to pull them in, not have them frazzed out around me all the time) for me to not cause static when I passed a television or radio (this was before we had a computer). Now, I find all my electronics work better than they did when I bought them and their battery lives just keep getting longer as time goes on. They do have a few issues when I first get them, though.

    I’m quite sure I have fey blood of some kind, I’m just not sure how much, of what kind, or from where.

    It would make sense that any peoples living close to the land would please the fey and have relations with them, so any indigenous people would likely have some fey ancestry.

    Have you heard any tales of Japanese fey, the yousei? I’ve been trying to learn more of them, and haven’t been able to find much.


  33. webmaster says:


    You’ll need to go back through your family tree and see what the Mack name was originally. Chances are, it was shortened from Mac-something, possibly indicating Milesian and faerie ancestry.

    The surname Francis usually traces back to England, and then sometimes to France. If the family was in Ireland at any time, they probably married women in Irish families.


  34. Bethany says:

    Stumbling upon your website has gotten me a little excited! :)

    My last name is Crowley and I can most certainly trace both sides of my family back to Ireland and Scotland. Thanks to my mom, we have whole books containing our legacy, and I’m so proud! *wipes tear* Haha!

    My main question is to you – and anyone – regarding Faeries in our families, I suppose. I’m writing a fiction work on a Changeling, of sorts, that involves both Fae courts. Her story involves being tied to Faeries from years past and although this was simply a fun way for me to learn even more about Faeries, I’ve been thinking that it might be someone’s true story, somewhere. ;) How neat would that be?!

    So, I ask, has anyone actually had contact with a Fae from their family? Seen a Faerie? I was considering posting this to the Seeing Faeries post.. thanks for anyone’s help!


  35. Becca says:

    While a lot of people don’t think there’s a difference, I always feel there is. I’m not of Irish heritage but I am from a scottish heritage (I am either the third or fourth generation on my father’s side. The reason isn’t not exact, is no one keeps records of each other. They only keep the first names of who married who. My mother’s side, however I could trace back to the 1500s). Does being scottish up the chances of being a decendant, just like the Irish.
    I always believed in fairies, and never faltered my belief no matter what one said to me. My grandfather was an amazing man who was definately scottish from his accent (wether he was actually born there or not I am not sure) and it’s from him I had a scottish accent when I was younger (I lost it a year after he died, when was when I was 8. It kept shrinking after he died, until it faded all together) and it was through him I got so dedicated to faeries.
    Not one of my five siblings felt a instant connection to William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night Dream (yeah..I did read that when I was little) or any of the Scottish folk lore he told us about. I was so enchanted by it, when my grandfather knew he was going to die soon, he bought a notebook and wrote anything and everything he knew about Scottish folklore and faeries. Then he gave it me. I cherished it until he died -then I threw it into a box and I had my parents put it in the attic, because I missed him too much. two years later I found it in hte attic when I looking for books to read- It’s rather beaten from over use. :D but I don’t know. After I found the notebook, I felt complete and I kept finding myself saying outloud randomly “I am a faerie” (it might be werid) and because of that my friends buy me faerie statues and just anything that has to do with that. (I honestly have like 20 costume fairy wings from them. Some small, some HUGE)
    Now I am just gonna stop my ramblings. lol.I get carried away with myself.

  36. Becca says:

    …i kinda forgot.. lol thanks a lot ramblings!!… after I found hte notebook, I started seeing things at night. When I’d be laying in bed reading a book with hte one little lamp on, something around the size of a cat -and while I have cats, none are in my room when this occurs, I know this because I make sure they aren’t because htey wake me up at 3am to let them out of my room since I sleep with the door closed- run across the foot of the bed, really quickly, while it is the size of a cat it’s shape is that of a human. I thought I imagined it, then the second time I got scared, and the third time I got used it. It happens at the least, once a week if I stay up working on something. (I have a lot of research papers this year, and I work best with pressure. So I wait till 7 to do the papers, and it’s not till 12 I am done)

  37. Goura says:

    Hi, I am interested and scared about fairies…I feel very very attracted to them but when I get near the matter of fact thing (no invocation, at least intentional, just very zealous) I get nervous and my mind feels fraile like under a spell or drug, and am scared…is this fairy posession or something like that, or ghost or demon? I practice a branch of hinduism as well..
    Thank you
    ps sorry if this is not the questions board

  38. Grace says:

    I think I might be a faerie. I am Irish from somewhere on my mom’s side, and am the only one I know of in my whole family who actually believes in faeries. I’ve asked my Grandma if i can borrow her book of our family’s history, so I’ll flip through that next time I see her. I also think I may have some sort of connection with nature. Maybe not, it could just be a really weird coincedence, but I remember a time when I was in grade 2 and I was in the school hallway working on a project. I was working with one of my friends, and I was bored so I looked to my left out the partially-opened window that was at the end of the hallway. I saw a sparrow flying around outside, and just randomly said to my friend, “Wouldn’t it be weird if a bird flew through the window and into the school?” And the really freaky thing was, at that moment, the bird I saw flying around outside suddenly ducked through the open window and flew down the hallway, banging into the wall as it went. My teacher notified the office who sent a janitor to catch it in a net and let it go outside. The principal gave an announcment over the loudspeaker that that was the first bird to ever fly into the school, and that it probably had a headache from banging into the wall so many times but other than that was fine. I’ve remembered that story all this time, for so many years, because I know that I did it. I DID THAT. I somehow called the bird into the school. I don’t know how, and it’s weird, but I must have some sort of connection with something. It freaks me out, but I swear, that’s a TRUE STORY. Do you think I might have faerie blood in me or… something? Because I really don’t have an explanation for that, unless it’s a freaky coincidence. What do you think?

  39. Grace says:

    Er… i mean PART faerie. With faerie blood in me. Not A faerie. Sorry. My mistake.

  40. Fiona says:


    It’s reasonable and prudent to be nervous about faeries. Many of them are not nice.

    However, I wouldn’t worry about fairy possession… not like demon possession or anything. Though some faeries seem to be energy vampires (I talk about them briefly in today’s podcast, ), they don’t actually “possess” people.

    Faeries are a mix of good & bad, just as people are. If you’re uncomfortable around the energy of some of them, get away from that location. Generally, faeries won’t follow you… not very far, anyway.


  41. Fiona Broome says:


    I don’t think you’re describing a coincidence. Not since it’s stayed with you all this time. Generally, if something is merely a coincidence, we only vaguely remember it, years later.

    I can’t tell you if you have faerie ancestry. Your family tree is the best resource for that.


  42. Fiona Broome says:

    No problem, Grace. I knew what you meant!

    Cheerfully, Fiona

  43. Rabbit says:

    Do you know anything about the ancestry of the O’Finns? That’s me. I think our ancestors lived in either Munster or Leinster. I think it’s quite possible that I have faery blood in me, I see strange things and I have weird abilities that I thought were normal until I realized that other kids can’t do this. I don’t know much about genealogy, and I wouldn’t know where to start to check my family tree for this.
    Your website is a lifesaver, thanks so much for creating it.
    ~Rabbit of the Hollow Hills

  44. Christopher says:

    Hello im 26 years old, and im a little confused i dont really know if anyone here can shead some light on whats going on with me but i will explain it a little. about two three yers ago well from what i have noticed anyways my dreams have been becoming more vivid and detialed. the weird part is in the past year im living parts of my dreams, As if i was seeing the future. But its only small glimps and i remeber dreming that excact thing palce time moment everything the same. im Also having recurring dreams of me flying around just flying freely anywhere i want i control where im going in my dreams. Unfortanly the flying dream has not become a reality lol. I do have Irish background i just dont know who or how my great grandfather came from irealand so im told we have the last name bindon. can any one explain any of this.

    Thanks Christopher

  45. Bella says:

    I am mostly Irish on my mother’s side of the family. My mom’s maiden name was McBeth, which I discovered was actually MacBeth generations ago. My mom taught me how to build faery houses, which we made out of cardboard boxes. We used to put flowers and vegetables (cut up and raw) in the house. I don’t remember how we decorated it, but I’m guessing that’s what the flowers were for. My mom’s favorite thing to leave for the faeries were fresh english peas, Which she loved. We had a side garden, that I used to play in because I preferred it to the backyard. That is where we always left the little houses. My whole life, I’ve always yearned to be with the faeries.

    Ever since I can remember, I always felt different than everyone else. Kind of like I was marching to a diffefrent tune and I wasn’t in the same beat. I was always shy and I tended to love the outdoors and animals. My mom said that we were part faery and one time she showed me a photograph of her sister, who had slightly pointed ears. I never knew if she was just kidding or not. (maybe she said that because I am short ) I do know that mom and I were very preceptive. To this day, I am very sensitive, which sometimes can be depressing when others are angry or negetive. My desire to meet and befriend the faeries is still as strong as it was when I was little. I do communicate with them sometimes, but I’ve never spoken to them in person. Although, on several occasions, I have see a man who looked exactly like a gnome or elf. It’s when my husband and I are driving on this country road which is off the beaten path, There are some houses on acreage there, but no one is usually walking on the roadway because there are parts of the road that do not have a safe shoulder to walk on. The man is on the short side, but normal height. He has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen: turquoise blue and piercing, his hair was the color silver. We saw him a day or so after my husband took me to see a family of beavers in a nearby city. I went with the intention to clean up trash, which I did. We’ve seen him several times since and the last time he waved at me, but we’ve not seen him again for a long time.

    So where do I go from here ? I’m not sure how to proceed in befriending the faeries. I’ve always considered them to be my friends, but I’m not sure they feel the same way.

  46. Haley says:


    My mother’s maiden name is McCarter, which, according to most in an Irish name, and to others is one of the few Scottish “Mc’s”. I’m not sure as to whether this means I have any faerie blood running through me but I do know that I am connected to the fae.

    One particular fae has let me photograph her to send an accompanying message about the destruction of the environment. On another occasion, I performed a meditation in which I went to my place of power in my mind and subsequently met my male self who happened to be fae. At the time, I had no idea who I was meeting.

    Either way, I have never seen (other than in my photograph) any fae but I feel deeply connected to nature and its entities. How can I make my connection stronger?

  47. Nykkei says:

    I have very little irish blood in me but I keep having these weird dreams of me having a soft glow around me and pointed ears, I’m tall and thin and i can control fire and talk to trees and animals. It might sound like nothing, but I’m concerned. Would I be a faerie folk in my past life?

  48. Fiona Broome says:

    Hi Christopher,

    I’m not sure if fae ancestry can explain the range of things you’re describing.

    You may want to look at what Fred Wolf (from the “What the Bleep…?” DVD) is saying about dreams, and what they might be. Basically, he considers dreams to (maybe) be visits to parallel worlds.

    That sounds like the most likely explanation for what you’re experiencing.

    Generally, research quantum physics, parallel universes, and related topics.


  49. Fiona Broome says:


    My best advice is to keep visiting or connecting with the fae world. The more comfortable and confident you are, the stronger the connection is likely to be.

    Irish “Mc” and “Mac” names are often from northern Ireland, where many people have a mix of Irish, Scots, and British ancestry.


  50. Fiona says:

    Hello Nykkei,

    I don’t think anyone can (or should) tell you who or what you were in your past lives. That’s a deeply personal connection, and it’s something for you to explore on your own.

    Your dream adventures sound wonderful. Consider keeping a journal about them, and illustrating it as best you can.


  51. Hester says:

    Hi Fiona, my Spirit Guides told me and showed me all I needed to know, and I am now on my true path :)
    Thank you so much!!

  52. sonofmedb says:

    Fiona you said you feel great around salt water and miserable inland? Have you ever considered you might have Mer ancestry? I hope i do, although i don’t know. I’ve always been close to water and air – and rain and mist, which is really an intermediate element between the two. I think i might have mer ancestry. I do have Irish ancestors, not that it matters, since Mer and fae are near all parts of the ocean.
    if i have mer ancestry maybe one day, with magickal help perhaps, maybe i’ll be able to meet a Mer – perhaps even finally be able to breathe underwater!
    If you have fae or mer or whatever ancestry, you have access to the magick of those races, whether you know it or not. You just have to bring your inner powers out.

  53. sonofmedb says:

    Grace it sounds like you were in contact with your inner powers at that point. Everyone (even those without magickal ancestry) has inner powers like those. Most don’t know this, and of those who do, most never bring them out. Try to make things like that happen more often, you may have a gift!

  54. Robin says:

    I found this on a website – ring quite true when you examine the western lore and legends:

    * Green was your favourite colour as a child.
    * You often have dreamed of floating or flying.
    * You have lots of energy at night and are described as a ‘night person’.
    * You might tend toward some type of vegetarianism, have a sensitive digestive system. A ‘Picky Eater.’
    * Love dairy, butter, cheese, bread, especially barley bread.
    * You love the smell of mint.
    * Seem to have a natural ‘way’ with plants and animals.
    * Love shiny rocks and minerals… especially crystals!
    * You prefer to be in nature and seem to draw energy from it.
    * You are drawn to the wonderful creation and power of the night sky.
    * You prefer wood to metal or other types of furnishings and personal items.
    * You have a curious spiritual mind.
    * You are fascinated by gardens of Bluebell Flowers and Foxglove.
    * You have a great degree of natural intuition and may even be a healer – even an empath.
    * You like fog and feel a strange connection to the elements.
    * No matter what your age, you continually are fascinated by bubbles, dandelion seeds and snowflakes floating in the air.
    * Generally happy and optimistic about life.
    * People with Faery Blood have an unusual and eternally youthful voice.
    * You have an always had an interest in these types of Legends and stories.

  55. Jonathan says:

    I don’t have Irish blood in me,but i do think I have faerie blood in me.I do not like cities but prefer oceans,woods and mountain I also have abilities most people do not have such as dowsing,empathy and energy healing.I also think I have webbed feet and fingers like half selkie children.

  56. daisy says:

    O my goodnes i am irish on my dads side do you think that colde explan wiy wild animals are atracted to me and wiy i can seans weas pepols pans are befor thay even say or do eanything.?

  57. daisy says:

    well i am irish on my dads side and natave american on my moms i am 14 and ive bean having some werd things hapen to me like wild animals like dears,and even a feral cat, and last sumer i was going to the store with my mom and a bird was siting on the side walk and so thinking it was hert it let me pic it up and get in the car with it and we rode home and it was falling asleap in my hands and wen we got home it flue frum me to ouer close line turnd and loked at me. and i can sens wen and wear pepol are herting befor thay say or do eanyting. do you think i cold have faerie folk in my family tree.?

  58. Stacy says:

    Jessi, I don’t know if you will get this or not but you should get a past life regression done. If you find the right person that is highly legit then I say go for it! I want to get mine done because I feel like I have lived many lives and I’m having a hard time sometimes trying to seperate past memories and what is happening now in my life.

  59. Haylie says:

    Everyone in my family has brown hair except me. I have red hair. Could that somehow be linked with faeries?

  60. Tyler says:

    How would I be able to figure out my family history. I’m half Mexican, half Polish…

  61. Tyler says:

    WAIT! My dad just said his Dad was Irish, he’s mom was POLISH! Okay, that’s also interesting, cuz’ of the fae. But my dad has this strange connection with nature, and so do I. So I think there might be a connection there. What’s also weird is that my dad told me stories of when he was little how he would sit around the woods and observe his surroundings. O.o That’s creepy, but very interesting at the same time.

  62. Lemon says:

    Hello! I commented before, because i KNOW my great-great grandfather on my grandpa’s side of the family was fae…
    but, I was wondering about my grandmas… they were royal family.
    The O’Hanlons.
    Do you believe they were fae, or had fae roots?
    The rulers over Armagh, and the burnt down O’Hanlon castle, which is now named the Tandragee Castle.

  63. elidh says:

    i have seen the fae, but they are “strange” compared to us, and visible only while in a half-dream state. i have also found out my fairy name. i won’t give my first name, but my last name is “wintergreen.” does this ring a bell with anyone?

  64. Joseph says:

    Hi Fiona,

    I was raised Roman Catholic. I no longer go to church, but still believe in Christ as my Lord and Savior. I’m not about to preach Hell and Brimstone so don’t get nervous ;)

    When I was younger, I was always looking for an entrance into some kind of fairy world-I wouldn’t have called it that then, having gathered the concept from W of Oz and A in Wonderland, etc. And I didn’t have the ideal childhood, so escape was something I thought about often. However, despite some very psychologically valid explanations for my dreams of flight, there was something in my core that truly believed it was possible, that I’d even been to other worlds, magical worlds before.

    As a very young child, I remember having dreams of a beautiful woman embracing me and diving with me to the bottom of a lake. I’d always wake up on the floor after these dreams. This was before I knew what mermaids were, so it’s always struck me as odd. I’d actually feel the sensation of free falling in the pit of my stomach (which could be argued as a waking sensation of falling out of bed), surprisingly I felt safe in this mysterious woman’s arms and could breathe even at the lake bottom. Later, as I dabbled in magic as a teenager, this dream came back to me and made me question connections to faerie realms under the water, like Avalon etc.

    I also remember a dream I shared with this girl I had a crush on at five years old (lol I’m Italian, what can I say???). She had this beautiful oak tree outside her house, and in the dream, the tree opened up at the base. We went inside and were married. I don’t remember any faeries or details besides that, but a distinct golden light emanated from within. Again, I had no knowledge of trees as gateways to other worlds. When I asked the girl if she had the dream too, she assured me she did!

    Anyway, getting into the teens, I started dabbling in witchcraft and trying to find the lifelong connection I felt or longed for. I ended up getting involved in some alchemy, deep stuff, felt constantly under attack by dark energies, possibly demons and/or fallen angels, and got scared back to my Christian roots. That’s what happens when you dabble, I guess…I have felt safe and saved since I started praying to and putting the Trinity back as number 1, and have had many prayers for healing and such answered. However there’s the old ways tugging on my heartstrings all the time. Perhaps if it wasn’t for some dark encounters, I might have learned to assert myself, not as a witch or an alchemist, but as a spiritual key if that makes sense?

    I’ve always been sensitive, could feel other peoples pain and sickness radiating from my root chakra and up my spine, like an earthquake (as a child I blindly referred to this as “a weird pain in my butt”, which I now describe as the most intense, almost painful chill you could imagine—in that region). I also had a knack for tarot, readings (not the future, just possibilities according to my empathetic impressions in combo with the cards), and am still very clairaudient. However, I shut it all out due to an inability to grasp the often overwhelming rush from it.

    I also managed to scry into past lives. possibly as Merlyn and Robin Wood (not Hood as he is referred to today, but yes the same guy). I chalked it up to delusions of grandure and fantasy—all harkening back to the childhood urge to escape uncomfortable situations. I clearly remember meditating on an icon of the Green Man and having him refer to me in trance as his son…Which makes me wonder about my family history, even though it is now Italian-American (100%), possibly having some Celtic roots.

    There were also smaller instances, but vivid-birds landing nearby me and chirping to me for a solid few minutes before flying away, particularly robins; moths flying to my open palm (as I implore them to telepathically for their safety) when trapped indoors, only so I can release them outdoors; an easy connection with animals and children and the desire to bath and/or be on a beach all the time (LOVE water).

    Since I’ve psyched myself out and put up walls to protect myself from dangerous encounters, I’ve felt something missing-safe, yes-but empty, powerless to affect my life in a positive way. Your site is helping me address my confusion with Christian commandments and guilt complexes regarding some of the spiritual occurrences in my life, as well as mistakes and misconceptions through dabbling that have made me afraid of some of my spiritual tendencies or gifts. I might just return to energy and spiritual working again, minus the magic, old gods and sketchy rituals (involving demons, dark angels, malicious faeries, etc).

    I won’t dive into it or dabble, but I’m opening myself up to the possibilities again. I’m thinking I can be an energy worker, work with fearies, elementals, angels and such without worshipping or disrespecting them, AND without disobeying Gods wish that no gods be put before him. In fact, I think He might even be urging me towards it as a means of healthy self-empowerment! I mean, humans should work collaboratively with one another, right? Why can’t we work towards greater good with other beings? Looking for them might a shot in the dark (literally) and only bring trouble, but if they present themselves, one should know how to address them accordingly, no?

    Maybe I can stop hiding from my gifts, and walk strong and tall again with a more open heart and mind. Thanks for your posts. They are most inspiring. I will get to looking into my ancestry soon. I just have to learn how to protect myself as a sensitive. Any tips on that would be appreciated.


  65. Wispy says:

    Hi – I found this very interesting – thanks Fiona.

    Although knowing that I have Irish roots I have always been drawn to Wales – even to the point of seeing a place-name on a sign & following it through to the town. I later heard that there is a waterfall there with great fairy history.

    Anyway my uncle used to live in Ireland & told us he had found a castle there with the family name – Kerrin – today on a whim I did a search on Kerrin Castle – it returned a genealogical site linking the name Fitzgerald with Kerrin Castle (also known as Curra castle) but placed the castle in Wales!

    I am now drawn to dig a little deeper as I have always (even as a small child) had an affinity with fairies.


  66. Fiona Broome says:


    Any Irish family that has such an ancient history almost certainly has stories connecting them with the Tuatha De Danann or the faeries of Ireland.

    Generally, the old Irish (and Celtic) families’ names begin with O or Mac or Fitz. That often indicates Milesian ancestry that leads to the Tuatha De Danann.


  67. Lian says:

    I am not Irish in any way that I know of. But is it possible that I could still have some relation to faeries? I am actually chinese and at the age of 1 I was adopted and brought to America.
    I have always been interested in this and even traveled to irelend twice. I absoutley love it there and I can admit I do feel conected to nature. However, that doesn’t mean I spend a lot of time outdoors. In fact, I don;t really spend much time outdoors at all. However, I’ve always been concious of seeing things out of the corner of my eyes. Once I could have sworn I say a large white blur run by our window. I’m not sure if I’m just seeing things but I don’t think so. I also believe there have been weird patterns in the wind. I’m not sure, but sometimes when I’m outside on a windy day it seems the wind responds to me. Perhaps its nothing. But I really believe in faeries and other related beings. Do you have any ideas?

  68. Fiona says:


    Thanks for asking.

    Almost every culture and civilization in the world has stories that connect the people who live there with fae ancestry. They may not use the word “faeries,” but the concept is usually the same. (The Irish Tuatha De Danann are usually called “gods and not-gods,” not necessarily faeries… but the descriptions fit the fae world anyway.)

    Though I’ve researched Irish connections to the fae world, if I had time, I’m sure I could find similar connections in Asian folklore, African, Native American, and so on.

    So, if you feel a connection to the fae world… well, that’s probably all the proof you need. (Frankly, a lot of fae-related world history and folklore are so ancient, most people won’t be able to trace their family tree all the way back to the faerie world.)


  69. Erin says:

    Hi Fiona!!

    As i have found out, i am Irish, I’m 1/4 Irish (oh by the way is there a difference between Celtic, Gaelic and Irish??)

    But anyway, I do feel connected with Nature, and animals always feel safe with me. My uncle once had a cut and i healed it. Because by the next day it was completely gone! My dad also says i have a way with animals and i LOVE the beach and never want to leave the ocean…. i once thought of moving there.. oh and here are some of my fairy traits..

    You have lots of energy at night and are described as a ‘night person’.
    * You might tend toward some type of vegetarianism, have a sensitive digestive system. A ‘Picky Eater.’
    * Love dairy, butter, cheese, bread, especially barley bread.
    * You love the smell of mint.
    * Seem to have a natural ‘way’ with plants and animals.
    * Love shiny rocks and minerals… especially crystals!
    * You prefer to be in nature and seem to draw energy from it.
    * You are drawn to the wonderful creation and power of the night sky.
    *Green is my second favorite color
    Love shiny rocks and minerals… especially crystals!
    * You prefer to be in nature and seem to draw energy from it.
    * You are drawn to the wonderful creation and power of the night sky.
    * You have a curious spiritual mind.
    * You are fascinated by gardens of Bluebell Flowers and Foxglove.
    * may even be a healer – even an empath.
    * You like fog and feel a strange connection to the elements.
    * No matter what your age, you continually are fascinated by bubbles, dandelion seeds and snowflakes floating in the air.
    * Generally happy and optimistic about life.
    * You have an always had an interest in these types of Legends and stories

    so based off of this, would you consider me to have fey blood? i also made 3 fey houses!! :D i also left them treats and they are always welcome to wonder freely throughout the woods in my back yard and in my property…and can you give me any suggestions as to how to trace back my family tree? Thanks a lot!!!

  70. Olivia says:

    Hi everyone! I have a question? I am
    Not Irish but what about Scottish background? Is it possible to be Scottish and have a faerie ancester? Because I’m Scottish. :)

  71. Britnee says:

    I think this website is very interesting. I have had a love and interest in the Fae and magick for as long as I can remember.. some members of my family make a joke about it and my sister have a inside joke about how we both are Fae and well yeah… but about how dreams could be windows into past lives or in another dimension..let me just say than some of my past lives/dimensions are waaay wierd… vampires…wizards…gnomes…goblins….yeah very weird.. but i love this website

  72. jenna says:

    hi, im a little at sea here and was wondering is anyone could help. i don’t have irish history, but i recently found out that my dads side of the family originated out of Switzerland and possibly emigrated their even earlier from Scandinavia, and my mother has strong native american. recently (in the past few years) i’ve felt a strange draw to both magick practices and nature. a few people listed things above that may be caused by fae ancestry, and i was shocked at how many of them fit me. i’ve tried to research on the internet but im not really getting anywhere… are there any suggestions on how i could follow this lead about my ancestors?

  73. Amelia says:

    My mum was an O’Connor before she married my dad. I have FitzPatrick relatives and O’Murphys so I’m convinced I have faerie anscestry

  74. sherry murray mcelroy says:

    murray is surname,mcelroy is married.maternal grandmother could read tea leaves,mother was born under a veil(caul) have always been facinated in magic and such have had a few experances (slight) and england ,scottland and ireland have always felt in awe of these places.can’t explain why? never been to any of them.but fell i should know them,it’s hard to explain.the older i get the more i fell there must be more than i’m seeing something spirtual i’m missing.i read ghost stories all the brother makes fun of me cause i believe,wish he’d see something.i’ve always believed.theres also cheeroke on both sides of mothers and fathers families.also have collection of farie pics.

  75. e says:

    What do you know of fairies in New Mexico?

  76. J says:

    I have been researching this off and on for a while because of strange phenomenon I’m experiencing. When my skin touches things, they turn purple. An acquaintance of mine witnessed this oddity, and after asking me a few questions, was convinced that I was part fae.

    Has anyone else dealt with this bizarre coloration?

  77. Corrine says:

    Hi everyone..
    I’m posting this comment in the hope that perhaps I may be able to find some answers..
    All my life I have felt out of step, not connected.. I don’t like to be around crowds all that much. I have not experienced anything spectacular or mystical but.. My eyes change colour with my moods, and when I’m unwell being outside soothe me and centers me.. I’m not comfortable around other people because I can feel their nature, some are a sweet taste that frightens me ( I feel like I can taste it for always) and then there are others that are bitter ( I have been physically sick a few times) these people I can not stand to be near.. My great grandfather was an o’byrne and when he was with us he would watch out for me, I feel a great loss since his passing.. I suppose what I would like to know is.. Dose anyone else experience this… Thank you

  78. Sophie says:

    Hi Fiona,

    I believe that i have fay in my blood, on my dad’s side ( the Welsh side) of the family they have always seen things.

    I would like to know the signs of being apart of the fay.


  79. Mackenzie says:

    I’m convinced I have faerie ancestory too :)

  80. Mackenzie says:

    Haha I’m all of those up there in the list, if I don’t have faerie ancestory, I’ll be very surprised

  81. karen weist says:

    my mom’s side of the family tree crest, is that of an oak tree. her born name was O’Boyle.& I Do know that her side of the family did originate from Ireland. All i am doing is trying to find long lost family.. & trace my family tree..

  82. djaeargh says:

    According to legend, my grandmother on mother’s side, was Irish, Mcgrath and apparently my father (whom I’ve never met), as well. On a totally un-fey note, I suppose I’m stuck with a bloodcurse in the form of aneurysm, which has traced the female line over time. fey-wise, I’m an empath and can effect magic at a cost(-to myself) and communicate with plants and animals, I’m good at paltmistry and tarrotcasting, although I understand transcendental meditation and often practice reaching higher levels

  83. Fiona says:

    Thanks for your comment! Have you read any of Zenna Henderson’s stories about “the People”? I think they might resonate with you.


  84. jeremiah says:

    hello i am 22 years of age and am aspiring to be a astronomer, and exo-anthropologist… but i have been recently studying my own historical roots and i am a HOURIHAN in america and i have ab negative blood.. i have strawberry hair and light blue eyes and an extra vertabrae… i have been under confusion hence the fact ive been told im of aryan descent… but i would like some guidence as to what the meaning of hourihan is and if they really are direct descendants of the de danann… i do know before hourihan it was corca laoidhe

  85. Fiona says:


    “Aryan” is a term used in a variety of ways. Many people use it to reflect some 20th century standards that included: Blond, blue-eyed, and very pale people. That’s not an accurate stereotype as, technically, the term includes a wide range of nationalities such as Indo-Iranians, Greeks, Latins, Germans, Celts and so on.

    So, let’s take that term out of the equation. It’s too confusing.

    Hourihan is an Irish, Celtic (and perhaps pre-Celtic) name related to Hanrihan, Handrahan and Handrigan. In the Irish, you’ll find O Handrihan and O hAndrachain (accent over the last A). The Hourihan spelling is more likely to come from around Co. Clare, but in the 20th century, a lot of Hourihans were living in Co. Cork. The Handrihan (etc.) versions tend to find their ancestral roots in Co. Tipperary.

    Any family that dates back to the Milesians (Sons of Mil) and have the O prefix have a strong likelihood of roots (at least mythic) in the Tuatha De Danann. The question is whether or not the legends are true. The Annals of the Four Masters are among the important resources to consult in deciding this for yourself.

    When you’re researching the Corca Laoidhe, you’re again looking around Co. Cork. (The “Bandon” reference suggests that: Bandon is in Co. Cork, and it’s famous for being a Protestant city in the 18th century and perhaps earlier. (See footnote at

    Of course, according to legend and perhaps history, the Corca Laoidhe (Luighe, etc.) families are from pre-Milesian times, and that makes the Tuatha De Danann connection even stronger.

    All in all, your family name indicates a connection to the Tuatha De Danann. What it means beyond that… well, that’s for you to decide.

    Fiona Fitzgerald Broome

  86. Dakota Keene says:

    I noticed a painting (print) of a male faerie (Keene or Keen)and a female faerie (Ula) on several faerie related sites and the title is Keene & Ula: The Lovers, but I can’t find any info on them and I was wondering if you could shed some light on this for me? Keene is on my dads side (English mostly but some Irish and Scottish) and McAuley of Monaghan (up until 1700’s) is my mothers side.

  87. Fiona says:

    Hello, Dakota!

    I’d have to do some research into those surnames, but the Keene (or Keen) name — pronounced phonetically — has some fae significance: Banshees (bean sidhe) are often connected with the faerie world. And, the sound they make in alarm, to warn humans about an upcoming danger, is the origin of the word “keen” (to cry or wail). In the Irish language, it’s spelled caoine, pronounced “keen.”

    So, I recommend studying the roots of the Keen/Keene family name, just in case there’s a fae connection there. It might be a simple coincidence, but that name (and its phonetic connection to the faerie realm) caught my attention right away.

    The McAuley surname has many spellings. See McAuley Surname History: There, they mention one related spelling as Mac Amhlaoibh, which can be pronounced like McAuley or MacAuliffe, or several other regional variations. That’s certain to be a connection to the earliest Irish families, and to the Tuatha De Danann.


  88. Dakota Keene says:

    thank you Fiona for responding so quickly to my questions!…There’s a bit more to our story and I will try to keep a long story brief… but I hope you might find it interesting (or perhaps I am just grasping at straws here). A few weeks ago my 5 year old son was asking me why all of the people on the Keene side (my side, I kept my surname) of the family are born with notches in their ears…for fun and because it just popped into my head, I told him without thinking about it “oh, that’s because of our elf blood from long ago” (I had never before that moment thought of such a thing being possible). Since that conversation (not that I’m implying it was a RESULT of that conversation), my son has become ill with fevers and there have been some odd behavioral effects from the illness (or unearthed by the illness) such as repeating words/apologies over and over and some mild tics (sniffing the air repeatedly over his head and to the side of himself) and really just being out of sorts and not himself, almost in a fog, not able to look us in the eye very often. Then suddenly he’ll be ‘back’ and present and the only thing that lingers is the ‘sniffing’. I want to assure you that we have sought the care of ‘western’ medicine to rule out serious illness and we have sought therapy…but something interesting happened yesterday that prompted me to seek your podcast and subsequently this website…We have a wonderful connection to a healer/spiritual guide and she told me yesterday that my son is communicating and clearing something with all of this…she said she is getting the message from her guides and my son’s guides that this has something to do with him being related to leprechauns or fae folk…I was astonished with this since I had not mentioned the ear/elf conversation to her. My husband and I listened to one of your podcasts to understand something about this world and our eyes grew big as saucers when you mentioned the Algonquin tribe having a connection to the fae world as well…my husband is 1/16th Algonquin from Quebec. We also, as a family have a deep connection to the forest…we have a cabin in the woods where we retreat when we need to recharge and we have had supernatural experiences there from seeing a First Peoples spirit to seeing little balls of blue light dancing around my infant daughter’s feet. We are intrigued by the possibility of all of this…magic helps healing we know, so if any of this inspires thoughts from you about our experience, we would be very grateful for your insights…or if you have recommended sources for how we can further explore this.
    Many thanks, Dakota

  89. Dakota Keene says:

    p.s. as an aside, my son is very small for his age (where his parents are tall) and his favorite lullaby is Tu Rah Lu Rah Lu Rah, loves it, needs to hear it every night…just saying :)

  90. Fiona says:

    Hello again, Dakota,

    I’m glad my information has been helpful.

    At this point, I’m not sure which resources can help you understand more about the fae world and how it may be influencing your son. However, I’m intrigued by that healer’s message about your son’s connection to the faeries.

    The fact that you hadn’t mentioned the elf topic… that seems significant, since the healer also came up with the fae connection.

    From what I read in emails, I’m getting the idea that more and more children are emerging with a strong, often hereditary connection to the faeries. I believe that’s needed in this world, right now and for the immediate future.

    However, the integrational phase may not be easy for these fae-connected children, especially as they start noticing the outside world and become aware of what’s going on, on our planet.

    Helping your son through this will be important. It’s always smart to consult western doctors, if only to be sure the issue isn’t something obvious and easily treated with relatively natural methods.

    Also, repeating things puts me in mind of the original Dianetics techniques. (That does not mean I’m recommending Scientology. In fact, you can probably find a second-hand copy of Dianetics at a thrift shop, or at your public library. The original intent of the book was for it to be a complete approach in itself, with nothing more than the book as a reference.) The healing technique I’m thinking of is one where the phrase is repeated and you see where that leads, in terms of self-discovery.

    However, I’m aware that I’m treading into controversy with that topic. Nevertheless, when you mentioned the repeating, I wondered if you could work with your son and facilitate the processing of whatever he’s addressing. Dianetics — as it was described in the original book — was a very simple technique of listening and helping the person stay focused on the repeater-style processing.

    See if that resonates with you. It’s kind of an off-the-wall thought that occurred to me. If it doesn’t resonate with you, please discard it altogether.

    Among the faerie resources I like are: Anything by Katharine Briggs, about faeries. “Glamoury,” a book by Steve Blamires. I think he has a shop around Port Townsend in Washington State. If you can locate him, I recommend calling his shop to talk with him. And, it wouldn’t hurt to consult any shamanic practitioner from the First Nations.

    Mostly, I’m really pleased to see people taking faerie information seriously. I think it’s far more prevalent in our world than most people realize. I also think it’s going to become more and more important, as we do our best to sort out what has happened to our own world and planet.


  91. Dakota Keene says:

    Thank you Fiona…I will check into those resources-I really appreciate you taking the time to read my story and offer suggestions. Fae-connection or not, I think you are right that he is in an integrational phase of some sort…and is being struck by the non-truths of our culture (that we are separate from each other, that somehow what he expresses isn’t ok, etc). I do have one last question and it is regarding the quote you mentioned in a podcast…the one by Albert Einstein where he suggests reading children fairy tales and even more fairy tales…is Grimm ok, or would you have other suggestions?

  92. Fiona says:

    Hi, Dakota!

    I think Grimm is — no pun intended — fairly grim for children, particularly vulnerable children who are processing some deep issues.

    I’d recommend some happier tales related to the fae and magickal worlds. Honestly, the first couple of Harry Potter books are good. Anything by Froud can be good, but screen the stories, first. His “Good Fairies, Bad Fairies” book (however he spells it…) may be helpful, and I’m sure your public library has several of his books. Froud gets it right, which means some of his information is light & happy, and some is downright creepy.

    I wouldn’t entirely shelter your son from the darker side of the fae world, because that may be exactly what he’s processing. However, I’d still focus on the lighter material because it could be that he’s securing his anchor in that world while dealing with the human world and all the weirdness we’ve managed to create here.

    Also look at literature about Indigo Children. Again, your library probably has some of that. I think there’s some overlap with what we know is actually fae.

    I hope that helps!


  93. Dakota Keene says:

    Thank you! I requested Brian Froud’s books from the library and stumbled on the fact that he illustrated one of my very very VERY favorite books from childhood…
    “Ultra-Violet Catasrophe! Or the Unexpected Walk with Great Ungle Pringle” which is all about being yourself.
    Thank you again, and I’ll be following your work.
    Very best to you, Dakota

  94. CM says:

    Very good article! I recently found out I descend directly from the Eoghanacht Aine tribe. My mother and all her side of the family are from, and most still live in, Limerick Ireland not far from Knockainy (Aine’s hill where she lives) and Loch Gur the area of the Eoghanacht Aine tribe. The family names Anglicised from the chiefs of the Eoghanacht Aine are O’Kerwick, Kervick, Kerwick, O’Kirby, Kerby and Kirby etc from the original O’Ciarmhaic later corrupted to O’Ciarba. There are many Eoghanacht tribes all which descend from “Eoghan Mor” and many of the tribes, but not all, believed they also descended from the Goddess Aine, Faery Queen “Sweetheart of the Sidhe” when according to legend Ailill Aloum aka Oilill Olum etc. King of Munster raped or ravished Aine (during which she bit off his ear and why he named Olum or “one ear”…. Oilill Olum meaning “one eared elf/sprite”) and Aine is believed to be mother of Eoghan Mor particularly by my tribe who took her name “Eoghanacht Aine”. All of Aine’s descendants, whether through Eoghan Mor, the Earl of Desmond or her other children from mortal men (which are many her being love Goddess and all) are all suppose to be a race of magickal Fae-Humans. Most Irish families from the South half of Ireland particularly the South Central and South West can trace their family name to one of the Eoghanacht tribes. I have found the best way to find out is by simply googling your Irish family surname along with “meaning and origin” and you should come up with a good bit of info then just search the names of Kings, chieftains etc your related to and their legends. Hope that helps someone and good luck to all trying to trace their Fae-ancestry! Blessed be :)

    Ps. @ Dakota Keene the “Keene” name descends from the Eoghanacht tribes (therefore Eoghan Mor and therefore Aine) as well I can’t remember which one off the top of my head but I know they do for a fact from my research as my Great Grandmother was a “Keene”. I will look through my info and see if I can find which tribe… I know I saved it somewhere!

  95. CM says:

    I can’t seem to find the Eoghanacht connection I found earlier but I did find that Keene is an Anglicised version of O’Cahan and this is what Wiki says about them:

    O’Cahan (Irish: Ó Catháin) is the name of
    a significant clan in Ulster, a province of
    Ireland. It has been angiclized to O’Kane,
    Kane and variations including, O’Keane,
    O’Kean, O’Keen, O’Keene, Keen, Keene,
    Kain, O’Kaine, and similar variations
    thereof. They are descended from Eógan,
    son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. In the
    late Middle Ages, they were the primary
    sept under the O’Neill clan of Ulster.

    I hope that gets you off to a good start :) I recommended goggling “O’Cahan” as well as looking up Eogan and other names of kings/chieftains you come across as many from that time I have stories involving the Fae and possibly descending from Fae

  96. CM says:

    Here’s another site I found info on:

  97. Kellen gordon says:

    My family is from all over the isles. We’re irish, Scottish, and British. My mothers side is Irish, British, an Cherokee. Their surname is Bryant, which originally was Bryan, then finally O’bryan. My dads is Scottish and Cherokee. Their names were Gordon and MacDowel. Any suggestions or insights? Also, I have a strong connection with wind and if I’m stuck inside I HAVE to run out for fresh air whenever possible. Anything? Also: most of my family has some sort of ability or affinity for an element or some psychic property.

  98. Kellen gordon says:

    Also I’ve found that I have a penchant for working people emotions, body, mind, etc. I’ve found I’m REALLY, almost scaringly, good at twisting things, almost making illusions or a glamour, when working with others.

  99. Jessy says:

    I found this article very helpful. My family are from all over the place really, but mostly from Scotland. I also have Irish ancestry on my fathers side. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve believed I was a faery (or part fae anyway), originally because of my pointed ears. I would always get upset when told otherwise.
    My mother and I have both noticed some strange things, for example we’re both empaths (which makes it difficult to live under the same roof, haha), and plenty of other stuff along those lines. I can still remember in specific detail my faery godmother coming to me in a dream when I was 3, back then I described her as ‘the shiny lady’, she told me she loved me and not to be scared and kissed me on the cheek.
    I have always felt very connected with the fae. :)

  100. kassidy says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew if ur eyes changing color could be a sighn of fae being in ur family some where along the line

  101. Fiona says:


    Everyone I know whose eyes change color… they have what’s most likely fae (pre-Celtic) ancestry.

    Other than that, I have no idea.


  102. Daniella says:

    I was wondering: are there any bad Fey that I could be descended from? As in: there are a lot of things I keep running into that point to being…dark..

  103. jackson polak says:

    does it have to be your last name to have fae ancestry

  104. Fiona says:

    Daniella: You’re asking a term relative to our species and culture. What’s “bad” to us may be “mischievous” to the faeries. Being “dark” is usually something that needs processing; generally, I recommend taking up writing (stories or graphic novels) or art, to give that a voice that you can work with. It can be powerful energy that’s best vented in creative directions.

    Jackson: Your own last name doesn’t have to reflect an ancestry that could include faeries. However, most cultures have some kind of stories or traditions related to fae or god-like ancestry, so you’d have to be part of a small minority that have no ethnic fae connections. I talk about Celtic ancestry and Nordic ancestry, both of which include fae traditions, only because those are the ones in which I have the most expertise. Don’t think those are the only surnames with fae roots.

    In addition, you’ll need to search your family tree. This means knowing the birth names of your parents, grandparents, great-grands, and so on. Somewhere in there, you may find a surname with a clear fae connection.

    Meanwhile, great online name you’ve chosen. Jackson Pollock was one of the great innovators of modern art.

    Salome: Faerie doors are the surest way to attract faeries to your room. You can make them, easily, using a pre-made dollhouse door from any crafts store. Decorate it and hang it on your wall, or prop it by a wall.

  105. jackson polak says:

    thanks for responding so quickly and that is not my online name it is my real name

  106. jackson polak says:

    and ps please make more podcasts

  107. H'Adranyus says:

    I came across this article while doing research for fun, I happen to notice some of the names, in the above article can be translated into Latin and Hebrew. So I did some quick etymology on the name O’Murchaha,(I’m no expert, but it was interesting what I found) O’Murchadha can be spelt O’MRChADHe, pronounced the same, and equals to the number 328, which in Hebrew means 4 Princes+8 Sub-Princes+316 servient to Spirits. Very intersting!

  108. Fiona says:

    H’Adranyus, that’s fascinating! Thanks for the information!

  109. Mary says:

    I’m descended from faeries myself, both my parents have magic, my dad (who we will call Will), in life, had ESP and could sense magic; my mom (who we will call Joan) has occasional premonitions and a psychic connection with my stepdad. My stepdad can read my mom’s emotions. Neither Mom nor my stepdad (who we will call Wyatt) knows what they are, only that they have a freaky psychic connection, and they don’t know about me. I can read emotions, commune with the spirit world, have ESP, sense magic, and influence the elements.

    Something I’ve noticed: nearly every nephilim (which is what my parents and I are) I’ve ever met has gorgeous eyes, which I guess is a result of having faery blood. Mine and my dad’s are blue and flecked with silver, my mom’s are this beautiful hazel that changes color like a kaleidescope, and Wyatt’s are greenish-hazel and piercing. It’s the piercing quality that makes our eyes unique. I’ve heard of a few other nephilims, and they all had beautiful eyes too.

    My dad and I use our powers to help people. It’s appparently, our job. It’s why we have powers in the first place, and why all of you have powers too.

    Just because you’re a human with magical powers doesn’t mean you have faery blood. Just remember that. You could be the reincarnation of somebody, or a mage, or a psychic, or a prophet, or a healer, or a witch, or a bodysnatcher, or an elemental human. And be on the lookout for a book called The Guardians, about a teenage nephilim named Emilia. It’s based on a true story, although the names have been changed. And it has a lot of info on stuff like our biology as nephilims, what it’s like to really BE one, how you know you are one, tips on keeping your powers under control, and stuff like that. Also, it’s really good. It’s coming out in a few years. I’ll post again soon.

  110. Mary says:

    Fiona, I know from experience that nephilims tend to seek each other out. It’s like, we don’t fit in, and we want to find someone like us. I SO wish I could find another teen nephilim, but I never have. Anyway, it’s actually very likely that everyone you know, and nearly everyone in the world, has non-human ancestry. They just don’t always have magical powers.

  111. Mary says:

    Fiona, I disagree with your view of Grimm’s fairy tales. Nephilim kids are often hard-wired to magic, like I am, and from a very young age they sense that somehow they are different from normal humans, so reading faery tales is like a refuge for them. It gives them a chance to read about someone like them, and anyway the stories are awesome. My aunt owns a volume of Grimm’s fairy tales, and they rock.

    Jessy, you are definitely a nephilim. You have psychic dreams and are empathic. Try to strengthen your powers, and you can do a lot of good in the world. But be warned: it may be hard to keep your magic under control.

    Daniella, even if you’re descended from the unseelie faeries it doesn’t mean anything about you. You and you alone choose which path you follow. Make sure it’s the right one.

    Kellen, you are either a warlock, a nephilim, a psychic, or an elemental human. Point is, you can influence people’s souls. I can do this through my voice, but not very well.

    Dakota, yes you and your family are nephilims.

    Lian, some say the Chinese are descended from dragons. Have you looked into this?

  112. Mary says:

    Joseph, you are the reincarnation of somebody, presumably a faery, but I don’t know who. Give me more details and I should be able to figure it out.

  113. Vanille says:

    hmm i wonder if i have faerie blood in me cause i am scottish irish and a little british but i’m also chinese so i dont know i hope to get an answer :D

  114. Laura Herlehy says:

    I have to say I kind of find this bit more then a little farfetched. The article itself states that over %50 of Americans are Irish. So that being said does that mean that everyone of that %50 has Fae blood?

    Not only that but do you realize actually that most Irish names start with an “O” and “Mac”? I am descended from the Irish my surname is O’Hurley. I can trace my lineage back to County Corke and I am descended from a Kight of noble back ground.I just find it a little bit ridiculous.

    Reading these stories it just seems like its almost like the fish story. Each time someone tells it the fish gets a little bit bigger and more brightly colored.

    I am not saying that Faeries don’t exist or that there are not descendants of Faerie blood. I am just saying that not every Joe Blow can claim they are sparkly and fancy.

    I just was loved faeries when I was a child and teenager and I read a lot of the “SPARKLY” tales. Then when I was a teenager I discovered the darker tales. The real ones or as real as they could get.

    When it comes down to it its what you believe in but face the facts people. Read your lore and take your own experiences. Who really wants to admit they are a faerie descendant? I turn off street lights and I have empathetic abilities and I can have clairvoyant dreams. But that also translates too Electro Magnetic Pulse, life experience and learning how to read people, and subconcious suggestion.

  115. Jess says:

    Greetings, Fiona!

    First of all, I think your webpage is a brilliant dedication to the Fae and other beings that are among us.

    Since I was 8-years-old and my mom told me our family was Irish (Kelley), I knew it meant something special. I have always loved faeries, but it wasn’t until I reached high school, however, that I learned more about my heritage, such as the Druids, among all other things Celtic.

    Recently, I have started reading about Faerie Magic, including “The Book of Faery Magic” written by Australian authors Lucy Cavendish and Serene Conneeley. I am on the Internet now to seek more kindred souls, believers of Faerie.

    I love this article, for I do wholeheartedly agree that I have Fae ancestry.

  116. Mary says:

    Okay, my fellow Guardians, you may be asking: how, exactly, have faeries been around all these years and humans haven’t noticed? Elementary, my dear nephilims, elementary. See, faeries are spirits, and humans can’t process that stuff. They’re not like us, they can’t always handle the idea that there might be more to the world than cold, hard science or conventional religion. So they can’t see us. And how, pray tell, is it possible for a spirit to ‘do it’ with a human, thus resulting in us? Simple. The faeries can take over mortals’ bodies, and sometimes their magic fuses into the human’s DNA. So when the human (whose DNA is now fused w/ magic) has a kid, that kid isn’t entirely human. And that half-human kid has a kid with a human, and, well, you get the picture. Which is how it’s possible for nephilims to exist.

    As for changelings, what if the soul of an immortal child and the soul of a human child switched places? Like, the immortal kid was forced to take over the human kid’s body, and the human kid was taken out of their own body or just put into sleep? Since the magical kid’s natural traits could, over time, be transferred into the human kid’s body, it would make sense that in the olden days, when humans still believed in faeries, that they would realize the kid is a changeling.

    So those kids, and all others with magical powers who don’t know what they are, really need help. This is why I suggest the idea of an underground railroad. We can call it the North Star (I thought it had a nice ring to it). Here’s how it would work: we station nephilims and various other magically enhanced humans around the world, have them seek out others like us. Find a few trusted contacts. Help anyone we can. And write books like the Guardians, encoded stories of our own lives (except the Guardians isn’t based on my life) and with clues about how to control your powers. Stuff only a fellow nephilim would be able to figure out, someone you trust. Grown-ups can travel the world, kids can act as infiltrators and keep an eye on things on the homefront.

    About the Guardians…I know the author. She knows about magic, but I won’t say how. You may know her. And if you’re the right person, someone who knows her almost as well as she knows herself, or if you’re a nephilim who’s really good at figuring stuff out and a non-believer in ‘curiosity killed the cat’ then you may be able to help both of us. The story’s title, by the way, is now being edited…it’s The Guardian Chronicles: Rise of the Morningstar. Read it. Figure out the clues. And write the tale of another Guardian, or of yourself. You’re needed, and you were given powers for a reason. If you want to live up to that, help me.

    About what she says in Rise of the Morningstar, about there being a certain blue-eyed teenage nephilim in Part 1 of a certain middle school choir in a certain city in metro-Detroit, it’s true. Find her. Because although she might not know it, she’s an important pawn of a war that could save our kind and allow us to live in peace with regular humans…or get all of humankind destroyed.

  117. Mary says:

    By the way, there’s something I’ve been wondering. Are we technically faeries ourselves, or are we just humans with faery blood who happen to have hit the genetic jackpot?

  118. sacke says:

    Isnt Northern Ireland is where they have the evil fairies? Scottish irish. Vanille i think your descendants could’ve been in the unseelie court D:

  119. Fiona says:


    I’m sorry you think this is a fish story. Most serious researchers — including me — don’t casually brush off the possibilities.

    I’m talking about genetics. According to statistics released after the 1990 census, approximately 50% of Americans claim some Irish ancestry. Whether that’s true or not, and whether they have actual fae ancestry, is another matter; I’m just working with reports.

    Most Irish names don’t start with O’ or Mac. Not anymore.

    This is intended as an academic website, using folklore as the starting point of the discussions.

    Personally, I have no problem admitting that I might have fae ancestry. The significance of that ancestry is as much an issue as the genetic and hereditary possibilities.

    Fiona Fitzgerald Broome

  120. Peggy Lawrence says:

    Have McLeod history in my family and I’m sure everyone knows the “fairy” story surrounding this clan x

  121. Mika Starr says:

    Can your character,behavior, or maybe even your fashion sense have some connection to fae ancestry? Because someone told me it can, and people say I remind them of faeries, or even creatures from irish lore…

  122. Lloyd says:

    Look people. Speaking as an expert in folklore almost 95% of what you all “know” about the Fair Folk is complete garbage. Instead of reading New Age shit written by authors who haven’t done any research on the subject go directly to the source meaning the actual folklore or alternatively read Brian Froud and Alan Lee’s bestseller on the subject. The Fey are not cute little cherubic figures with insect wings that image arises from Disney and the Victorian English who sanitized the original material. Neither are they angelically benevolent. Any member of any species might just kill you if you slight it in anyway. Not all of them are beautiful either check out spriggans and hags for example. Additionally if you knew anything at all you would never use the word “Fairy” aloud in conversation, according to reputable original sources all of them consider this an insult and will take umbrage. Why do you think there are so many nicknames for their kind? Its to avoid drawing their wrath or attention. People were SCARED of them. Those who believed in them carried protection against them, gave offerings to placate them, and the only ones who sought them out were foolish treasure hunters, true fairy doctors, or half-blood or otherwise direct offspring. Yes the Milesians occasionally intermarried with the Daoine Sidhe so there are people with blood from the Lords and Ladies but the Tuatha de Danann are deities not fey and I frankly laugh at the idea of anyone claiming decent from another major deity other than Aine. To end this fact-based rant on a softer note however I do have one suggestion. If any of you have ancestors from the coastal areas of Ireland, Scotland, or the Faroe Islands you may have either merrow or selkie blood.

  123. William says:

    Hello, My last name is Teague and early Irish spellings include O’Tagha and O’Tadley, do you know if that means that I may be part faerie?

  124. William says:

    I actually just searched it and it seems that one of my ancestors, Named Heremon, was actually Milesian, So I think I may actually have faerie in me…. I also think, though I’m not sure, that Heremon may have been a ruler of some sort…

  125. William says:

    I know I have commented twice already but I just thought that I’d show you the article that I found of the book that explains my last name that I found online…. Here it is, please tell me what you think:

    IN a past so remote that no historian has dared to
    fix the date, certain wild tribes of Asia, belonging
    probably to the Scythian race, swept over Europe.

    More addicted to warfare than to peaceful pursuits,
    they failed to formulate a government and existed as
    hostile tribes side by side.

    Our story, which is mostly legendary, has to deal
    with the Milesian, or Scotic race, which crossed the
    mainland from Spain to Ireland and for weal or woe
    pitched their tents in the midst of the natives already
    occupying the land.

    After the death of King Milesius of Spain, so the
    legend runs, his eight sons, accompanied by their
    mother, Scotia, left the coast of Spain in a fleet of
    sixty boats which contained all their vassals and equip-
    ments, for a home in a new country that might be dis-

    The names of the sons were Donn, Aireach, Heber
    Fionn, Amerghin, Ir, Colpa, Armana, and Heremon.

    When nearing the coast of Ireland a violent storm
    arose and so scattered the little fleet that no two boats
    remained together.

    The first victim of Neptune’s wrath was Donn, who
    perished with his entire crew at a place called by his
    name, Teagh Donn.

    The only survivors of this terrible storm were
    Heremon and Heber Fionn, and their families and


    Our Folks and Your Folks

    After searching for each other, the two brothers
    finally came together and then disembarked at Bantry,
    in the county of Cork, or Kerry.

    Three days after their landing they were attacked
    by the native Irish and a bloody battle ensued in which
    the Milesians were the victors and the brothers were
    thus left the masters of the island.

    They divided the conquest between themselves,
    Heber taking the southern part and Heremon the
    northern part.

    The brothers ruled together one year and then
    Heber’s wife, thinking the division of the territory
    unequal, incited her husband to rebel against his

    A battle followed in which Heber was killed and
    thus Heremon, like a second Romulus, became the sole
    possessor of the island, over which he ruled thirteen

    These Milesians had a decided advantage over the
    aborigines of the island for they had brought with
    them a knowledge of laws, government, and science,
    learned from their ancestors in Assyria, Egypt and
    Babylon, and it was an easy task for them to conquer
    or drive into the interior the natives of the island.

    But for hundreds of years these Milesian rulers of
    Ireland were divided among themselves, different lords,
    descendants of the original stock, holding petty sov-
    ereignty by might over as many of their followers as
    they could bring under subjection.

    From the descendants of Heber Fionn, the brother
    slain in battle by Heremon, have come the families that
    bore the names of Tadg, Tadig, Teig, O’Tagha, Teige,
    O’Tadley, and later, the anglaisized form of the name,
    Tighe, Mon Tague, and Teague.

    There is an interesting and rare old book written in
    the 16th century, entitled, “The Annals of Ireland, or
    The Four Masters,” by Michael O’Cleary, who styles
    himself “A Poor Brother of the Order of St. Francis.”

  126. Phoebe says:

    I’m going to check my family tree for fae!

  127. Bravura says:

    I noticed that people in previous comments mentioned their dreams, and how you stated that dreams could be previous lives or alternate worlds. So, I have a few questions. In most of my dreams, maybe 85% of the ones I remember, there’s always the same person with me. It took me a while to realize it was a faerie…I realized 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve remembered more and more of my dreams. No matter how pleasant they start out as, that faerie comes up and everything goes crazy before I can do anything. I’ve even had a few dreams where I was a guard in a court…the Seelie court, mostly, and sometimes we were attacked, and mow of the time I was killed in the attack. Any thoughts on that?

    Also, I find it very hard to lie. Seriously, I do…after I lie, I usually feel lie I’m going to be sick…I used to actually get sick when I was younger, but I managed to get past it. My Mom and doctor told me that my grandfather on my mother’s side had that problem, so they think it may be genetic. I KNOW that it’s unusual. Does it have anything to do with Fae blood? (My mother’s side is from England, and she did say we may have a little bit of Irish in our family…) Oh, and, after I lie, there are movements in the corner of my eyes, and occasionally s disappointed noise.
    Have you heard of someone with a simmilar situation? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  128. Bravura says:

    Just thought I’d mention when I see them out of the corner of my eye, I can see them clearly, not orbs of light. They’ll let me look at them straight on occasionally, then turn into the orbs you mentioned and float around as if they had nothing better to do. (I mentioned this because I just read your article on what faeries look like, and I didn’t want you to be concerned. Maybe it was presumptuous of me? Sorry.)

  129. Miranda says:

    Hi! My last name is Campbell and I know my grandmother has traced back the family to Ireland and Scotland on the paternal side. I also have fair skin, freckles and strawberry blonde hair—so I’m pretty confident I have a celtic background. I’m really interested in fae and I’m proposing to study it for an independent literature course. I never thought that I could have faery blood though! Is it very common? I mean I know I’m no faery–but it’s still fascinating.

  130. alchamb says:

    wow ,, im scots ancestry so going further back as we all know the scots came from ireland … so i have fairy ancestors!!! alrighty then and youre crazy …

  131. Mary says:

    Dear Laura, not all Irish people have faery blood or are nephilims, but many of us do. And almost everyone has magical blood of some sort, whether from demons, angels, or faeries (I know for sure I have elf and angel, and possibly ellylon on my dad’s side, and I don’t know what on my mom’s.)

    my grandma on my dad’s side may be descended from Mother Superior from Pinocchio. She is part Italian, so the Pinocchio part makes sense. I know for sure that my dad’s dad is descended from Morgan le Fay and the archangel Raphael (long story).

    oh, and Brianna? Those orbs are either will o’ the wisps or spirit orbs..or I’ve heard of a faery breed that has glowing orbs surrounding them but I don’t remember what it’s called.

  132. Mary says:

    Bravura, actually many faeries, especially elves (which most of us are descended from) are excellent liars. Well, not exactly liars, but masters of manipulation and staying in control of any situation. From what I have read of faery culture, if you make a promise, you HAVE to keep it; if you say thank you, you’re admitting you owe someone; if someone saves your life they can ask for ANYTHING, and I do mean anything, in return. It kinda reminds me of Hammurabi’s policy of criminal punishment from Mesopotamia.

    Being a bad liar is a human thing.

  133. Mary says:

    Bravura, my guess is you actually ARE a Seelie knight…well, the reincarnation of one, anyway.

    Me too…btw,if your real mom is Morgane le Fay, we’re sisters (I’m assuming you’re female).

  134. Mary says:

    phoebe, magic isn’t a game. oh, it can be fun. it can be exhilarating beyond anything you can possibly imagine.

    but it’s a huge responsibility. when you have an enormous amount of power like that, chained inside your soul and yearning, so fervently, to escape, it can bring out dark parts of you that you never realized were there.

    it’s not a crutch to lean on for inconvenience. it won’t solve all your problems. it’s a gift, all right, but sometimes it feels more like a burden.

  135. Mary says:

    Kellen, remember when I said u could influence souls? I just realized that ability can be used to SAVE souls to. Get yourself in contact with as many nephilims as you can & report back 2 me via this forum. I have an idea…

  136. Mary says:

    Sorry about how often I comment, but I’ve never really talked to another Nephilim about magic face to face, when each of us knew the other’s true nature. I know this isn’t exactly an intimate conversation between lifelong friends, but lately I feel like normal humans don’t really get me and what I’m going through. They can’t imagine what it’s like to have to carry water around because they feel dizzy and sick when they go more than thirty minutes w/o it, to keep their emotions tightly controlled because they’re empathic and because when they get mad their powers go nuts, to be able to understand whispers from across a busy room when they concentrate, to feel physical pain when they see someone in distress (it’ s a Seelie knight thing, I have a hero’ s complex), to heal their grandmother after a heart attack.

    They just don’t get it, or me. I can’t even have a truly honest conversation with my best friend, because she’s a normal human. I can’ t tell her what’s been going on with me lately; I even have to lie to her about her family because she has faery blood on her mom’s side. Here, at least, I can talk honestly with others of my kind, get and give advice. say things I can’ t talk about with other humans.

    Is it just me, or is this mindset normal for a teen nephilim? Feeling like you don’t fit in, like you can’t relate to your peers and they can’t relate to you? Craving the presence of your kind? Feeling like this life, the life of a conventional teen,just isn’t for you? Like you’re destined for more? The craving for adventure, for anything, ANYTHING, to break up the monotony of daily life? The urge to escape all the lies and secrecy, the superficial, blathering conversations with people who can’t truly understand you and do something really exciting? Can anyone relate to that?

  137. Mirror says:

    While faerie lore is mostly known in Europen influenced cultures, I feel it is important to note that there are other cultures who have spoken of these beings. So I would have to disagree with this post to say that only people of Irish or Gaelic descent may have faerie ancestry.

    In Africa, there are the Abatwa, tiny elves who ride the backs of ants. They are the smallest fae known.

    There are also the mysterious Yumboes, gentle white-haired moon dancers that steal corn.

    Then there are the Hawaiian Menehune, who have been said to teach humans how to surf in the ocean.

    My point is, the fae folk aren’t limited to the European. As a woman of color myself, I am proud to say that my Native American heritage entitles me to the magic of the fae as well.

  138. Mirror says:

    I had intended to ad the Native American fae in my last post, but accidentally deleted it. They care called the Nunnehi, benevolent to the Native Americans, and said to have intermarried with the bravest of tribesmen.

    I apologize for double posting this, but it just seems a tad prejudiced to me to not include other non-Caucasian ethnic groups in this discussion. It just seems to imply a bit of the idea that only white people are in touch with the fae folk, when in fact MANY other cultures talk of and interact with the “little people”, and taking them on as marriage partners.

    I am a non-white American. I just feel people of color should not be excluded here.

    Sorry to get on a soapbox about it.

  139. jessica says:

    i wonder if i have fey blood also, i love faeries but it would be very interesting if i had fey blood because i am irsh/scottish and british.
    but i would love it

  140. frankie says:

    when i was in ireland i saw at least 3 faerie circles and i was sooo excited!!

  141. Mary says:

    it’s been months since I posted my last comment. I really want to know, because I’m flying blind here, people: do you feel like you can’t relate as well to regular humans as you can to your nephilim brethren?

    It’s seriously rude to just ignore somebody like that when they’re talking to you and have a really important question. I’m used to being ignored by regular human’s…most of them ignore or ridicule anything that doesn’t fit into their absurd perceptions of the norm, and as a teen nephilim I’m part of what they consider weird. So most of the time, I’m okay with them ignoring me.

    But to be ignored by your own kind, the people that are supposed to get you when nobody else possibly could? That’s just wrong.

    Learn some etiquette. We’re alone in a world that doesn’t understand us, and we need to have each others’ backs as much as possible because of that. So if someone posts a question, answer it.

  142. Tiny Ears says:

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one here! I’ve been having ideas and thoughts that I might be a faerie. Many things seemed to add up and now I’m fairly certain I have *some* magical blood. My mom’s side of the family is from Dublin, Ireland and the surname is Shannon. I’ve had two dreams in my life that have come true, and I’ve always felt as if water renewed me. I have a love of nature and have always had the thought of just going off to live in the wild. There’ve also been strange occurences with me and mechanics. I’ve broken *so* many kitchen and household appliances that my mom won’t let me touch them anymore. :) Also, I’ve always longed for wings and said that that would be my superpower when friends asked. Lastly, a family friend who is a phsychic and I had a picture taken together and there was a weird light shining between us, kind of connecting us. He told my mom in private, “She has it too, you know,” but didn’t specify *what* he meant. Does this sound like baloney to you guys? I guess I just wanted to share this so others know they aren’t alone. :)

  143. Jeanie says:

    First of all, your claim to be and representing yourself to be a Nephilim just doesn’t seem appropriate. I would suggest that you read “The Book of Enoch” to find out who the actual Nephilim were, as they were the results of the mating of the “Watchers”, (also known as the ‘fallen angels’) and the human women these 200 fallen angels took for wives. According to Genesis, the first book of the Pentateuch, also in the Book of Enoch, the Nephilim were horrible disfigured giants who walked the earth killing and eating everything in their path, and none of them escaped the wrath of God (the Creator).
    In any case, you seem to have personal issues that need attention and evaluation by a competent professional. I hope that as you mature, you will understand that your “gift(s)” make you unique but not uncommon. And there is no need to get out of sorts because you are gifted.
    I also am gifted with certain natural “talents” which I am very happy to have and I realize that I have a responsibility to understand and control what I seem to have inherited from my McPherson and Kelley ancestors and possibly others. There is no reason to get discombobulated over what you have, and there’s no reason to feel a need to explain to others in your social circle as to your magical capabilities such as they are. By feeling it necessary to explain to others who don’t have such gifts, you will only tend to make THEM uncomfortable and wary of you, simply because THEY live in the reality that they are familiar with, and that IS their right to do so. If you have siblings, you should be able to talk to them about your experiences and, if they are mature and caring enough, they will understand and even love you even more for it.
    As for me, I am an older lady who has questioned my own sanity in the beginning of my own experiences with my gifts. But as I grew to understand more of life, science, philosophy and that the physical reality we are all familiar with is not the only game in town, and that there are other realities that don’t always provide evidence of their existence to reveal to all, I grew in acceptance of who I am and the power(s) that I have. I have great respect for myself and my privacy, and I have great respect for those who don’t wish for me to reveal to them what I can do.
    Mary, it’s important that you respect yourself and your capabilities if you truly have such capabilities. With 7 billion people on our planet and political situations apparently getting worse, it’s also important for all of us to stay on an even keel and do our best to alleviate all the misery that is going on in our world. If you are really an empath, you might want to volunteer your services as a candy-striper and train to assist those in need. You might even like the idea of becoming a health practitioner as a doctor, nurse, or EMS. Enjoy your abilities and don’t worry about not being normal. You ARE normal, so don’t sweat it any further.
    Best of luck to you.

  144. Mary says:

    Tiny Ears, it’s so good to hear from you! I assume you’re a fellow teen nephilim as well (that’s the term for fae-human hybrids like us, i’ve been a mythology geek since i was a little girl so i know a lot of weird facts about the paranormal).

    do you write a lot of fantasy stories? I do – kind of an escape for me. i’ve never been able to openly talk to any other nephilim about this stuff, though i’ve met several. I’m very fortunate to have found a strong Christian female role model with magical abilities in my youth group leader, who is like a second mother to me.

    still, i’ve never met another teen nephilim in person, possibly discounting my best friend, who we will call Bella, although that’s not confirmed yet. and i love my human friends, but sometimes i just want somebody to relate to, you know? Somebody who gets what it’s like. you’re lucky to have such an open and accepting family when it comes to your magical abilities (your mom, at least, obviously believes in the paranormal).

    i think you have gremlin in your gene pool – they are known for their technopathic abilities. i don’t know what’s up with the longing for wings, though – except that you, in your astral form, probably have them. describe the wings. are they more like insect wings or bird wings?

    You need to talk to this psychic friend of your mother’s. it sounds like he has a lot to teach you.

    my main magical ability is empathy…at least, that’s the most powerful one that i can control. i can also control the sea and i have nickar (storm spirit) in my DNA on my mom’s side, but that’s a really volatile ability and tends to get wonky when i’m upset.

    as for my empathy, it’s a lot more powerful than it sounds. i’ve saved lives using it (unbeknownst to the people whose lives i saved) – and souls. when i was in middle school (i’m almost sixteen and going into my sophomore year) i met this really depressed girl who was unknowingly letting dark powers feed from her pain. i used empathy and sheer stubbornness (i have both in great supply :)) to save her soul and restore her confidence and health. we lost touch after eighth grade, but i have so much respect for Gabriela. she is one of the strongest people i know.

    I do this a lot – it’s my destiny, and probably yours too. saving souls, i mean. Charges – the people we save – are usually amazing people who have a problem and are depressed because of it. i specialize in social misfits, because i know what it’s like to be one myself. all of my charges have wormed their way into my heart and they are just such extraordinary people, even if they don’t know it.

    it’s like that for all of us. it will be for you, too. try to find a book that claims to be an instruction manual for people like us…i have a feeling it will help you.

  145. Jasmine says:

    After reading this, I am convinced I am descended from faeries. I have always felt a deep connection to nature, particularly, mountains and forests. I am especially fond of oak trees and have a way of connecting with and gaining the trust of animals. I do have Irish and Scottish ancestry, and on a trip to Ireland with family, I remember hearing some of the local legends and folk tales regarding the faerie folk and it was as though I already knew them (mind you I had never heard these stories before my trip there).
    Thank you for this wonderful site, it has given me a new excitement about all things Faerie.

  146. Elizabeth Jones says:

    My heritage is very mixed – Scottish & Caribbean. Neither of my parents look their age at all. Both have gifted talents in their families. My mother is the youngest of seven & my father’s is unknown. Robinson is my mother’s maiden name & my father’s is Jones. I love nature, the sea & love a good storm. Celtic designs I love & used before I realized that there was a connection. I sense energy shifts, spirits & currents especially when I touch the soil. I cry when trees are cut & very happy when mine grows back again. Where do I go from here? When I have read history I was automatically drawn to the tuatha de dann. X

  147. dee says:

    I am wondering if anyone knows what faeries like in there homes I am currently building a faerie tree. I know they come to visit as faerie rings keep appearing all over my yard. I cannot find any information about what they are typically interested in except for shinny things. Oh and yes I am a mac and have an extremely large connection with faerie. Not sure if related to them directly but it would be cool.

  148. Mary says:

    Hey, everyone!

    So, some stuff I haven’t mentioned:

    1. My younger cousin Nicole has powers too. I just discovered this over Thanksgiving break, she was exhibiting all the signs I did at her age, I was getting this intuitive tingle and all of a sudden I just knew. Problem is, she’s only three – she still thinks of faeries as being something out of Peter Pan. And obviously, there’s the fact that she’s a freaking three-year-old.

    I just hope nothing traumatic happens to her in the next few years…not only for the obvious reasons, but it could activate her powers early and to a little kid who has no idea what they are, that can be terrifying.

    I’m keeping a journal filled with my own experiences, explanations for why we are the way we are, and spells in it. I plan to give the journal to Nicole when she’s old enough to understand and appreciate her true nature. I’m hoping to pass it down to all those like us in my family

    2. Turns out I have werewolf – benandanti – in my gene pool. I did some research on the benandanti and let’s just say the whole thing is pretty awesome.

    3. I recently found out a good friend of mine is descended from King Arthur…and I’m descended from King Arthur’s half-sister Morgaina. We’re distantly related!! THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!

    Oh, and Tiny Ears? I like your candy striper idea but have been doing behind-the-scenes superhero stuff for years. I do healing already, both physical and spiritual. Besides Gabriela, I assisted in saving the life of a teenage boy by getting him off drugs (he was using ecstasy, weed, and crystal meth) through empathy. High school is such a good place for a teenage empath who wants to do some soul saving…practically everyone in it seems to be a basket case. I’ve also saved the lives of my grandmother and one of my cousins through empathic healing, gotten a grieving boy to progress emotionally and release some pent-up emotion over his brother’s death, gotten a girl with low self-esteem to have some pride in herself, and used storm manipulation to prevent natural disasters before they get too bad (thus saving the lives of people who would have been hurt or killed by the storm). I’ve seen my own destiny through psychic dreams and visions and it involves stopping the spread of racism, homophobia, and bullying, and being a beacon of hope for the people hurt by these. I also do missions work, write enchanted poetry that doubles as spells and can heal depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and volunteer at church. Because I can know exactly what people I’ve barely even met are feeling, I can and do offer them the emotional support they need, the support they’re afraid to ask for…and with me around, they don’t need to. I plan to be an inspirational writer and social worker or missionary when I’m older…it sounds like I would be able to help so many people that way. And considering I’m basically a real-life fairy godmother, that’s exactly what I want and need to do with my life. Serve God by saving people and showing them His love.

    Also, to whoever it was that said I need to research the nephilim? I have. Not only am I descended from the nephilim mentioned in the Bible, I’m direct lineage from the archangel Raphael and my healing and empathic powers, as well as my psychic dreams and protective instincts, stem partly from him. I hope this addresses your concerns.

  149. Terri Johnson says:

    Just recently started looking up information on Fae and if I could possibly be related, I do have Irish ancestry on my father’s side, but the only problem is the last name is Johnson and I know that wasn’t the real last name for people changed their names when they got it, so not sure how I could look that up when the last name was changed most likely? I have a good relationship with animals, except dogs mostly…for some reason some don’t like me, but all other animals seem to attach to me. I can also pick up on someone’s energy and tell if they are happy or mad right away, and I can also sense the truth about the person and rather they are good people or not good, I have felt negative vibes from some people I have met and knew I needed to get away from them and I ended up being right about them. I also love the night time, and have dreams of flying all the time. In fact my whole family is night time people, lol, my sisters and brother and mom, so maybe there is fae blood on my moms side, who knows, but her side is mostly German, English and native American.

  150. Azaria says:

    Hi! My family definitely has fairy blood and I’m trying to find which fairy family it is. See, we have this joke in our family that we’re related to the fairy queen (haha) and when I look at our family tree, it looks like the joke really isn’t a joke. Anyway, if you happen to have a good place to track it back,that would be helpful. Thanks

  151. megan says:

    I am told by everyone that I look fae, I was born with blonde thin hair while my mom, dad, and brother all have brown… my irish descendents are the Croziers, the keatings, and the yarnalls…. I’m an empath, and I’ve always had a psychic nature to me (I have psychic dreams often)… and I’m a healer. Sometimes I feel off balance, especially during the winter because I see no green outside. Nature is one of few things that soothes me, and during the winter months I pretty much hibernate. I want to know if my family are fae blooded… I swear we are (the tallest person in my family is 5’4″) and it’s strange to say but it seems the youngest of us are taller than our parents! Can anyone help me figure this out? I’d love any input/suggestions!

    Much love

  152. K says:

    Fiona? Can people be fairies too?

  153. Cathy says:

    Don’t know if this question was all ready asked, but do you also have the blood type for the Tuatha De Danann ?


  154. McKenna says:

    I am a European Mutt, German, Austria-Hungarian, Lituanian, Russian, Polish, and English. I am very tied to the earth and could openly speak to trees and they would answer me back. I know that I am an earth angel that is a wise one/ starseed hybrid soul but I feel that I may have some fae blood in my genetics. But the problem is that I am the last one in my family to believe in such and I don’t know much about my family history either. The only strange thing i have found in my family are cresent moons on both of my palms and that my siblings each have one. As far as I know I’m not Irish but I’ve read that the Tuatha have been in Germany and my last name Telke is German but I’m not sure. Please let me know if you know anything.

  155. McKenna says:

    I forgot to also mention that I can manipulate the air currents through aerokinesis. On my mom’s side of the family there are blondes and redheads and all are around 5 foot. I am very advanced in energy work and most animals love me. I also have a younger appearance of younger than 17 ( which is how old I am). And I possibly may be Nephil too. But I’m not sure, I’ve been told i seem angelic and I’m not an angel incarnate, so I could possibly be genetics.

  156. Elizabeth says:

    If I was part fae, that would explain so much.

  157. Bruce Holland Mullins says:

    I have recently researched my family ancestry and found out I am indeed related to Morgan LeFay as one of my great grandmothers, she is known through history as Anna DeBritan wife of Gwair Ap Dwg their son Tegid Ap Gwair is my family connection….Uthyr is my great grandfather and Arthur is my great granduncle….

  158. Fiona says:

    Bruce, as a genealogist, I’m very interested in your resources. I hope you’ll share links.

  159. Kaye says:

    Hi Fiona. I was wondering I would be able to give you my email address to talk about my family history on this genre. It started as o’raghallaigh, then went to o’reily then to reily. And my name went to Rahaley. I’m very interested in anything you may have to say about my history being straight fact or possibly mythology. But as many people here say there is a strong connection with nature in my family.

  160. Matthew says:

    As someone who definitely has faery blood, I wanted to comment on this phenomena. Before romanticizing faery blood, several things should be noted. First, the faeries are reputed to “steal souls.” This is totally true and no one should be cavalier in their dealings with these races. The human part of us can easily be misled by them because we are conceptual idiots, basically. Fortunately the animal part of us—animal instincts—is never fooled by them. Second, faeries do not possess DNA genetic material and therefore feel to us completely “alien” and sometimes, as a consequence, get mixed up with “aliens.” A good description of the alien quality of these races is found in Carlos Castaneda’s descriptions of the “inorganic beings.” This is a rough translation of the Nahuatl word usually translated as “those who are not our brothers.” The usual advise in central Mexican shamanism — nagualism — is to have nothing to do with them (see Timothy Knabb, The War of the Witches). Evidently, the traditions in Celtic countries were different.

    How do you know if you have faery blood? From my experience, checked with one or two other people, the most important symptom is that you feel like an alien. In my case, not only was this true but my mother said, “when [you] were born, an alien presence entered the room.” Remember, the fay interact with us most at birth, death, marriage, etc. However, I did not know where the alien feeling came from or what it meant until ae. 46 when I felt I had to meet the Queen of the Faeries. Two weeks later I dreamed of the faeries and they said, “you know how you always felt like an alien?” Yeah. “That’s because you have genetics from us.” This was a revelatory moment. Then they told me how to become invisible. Very typical: they try to give you gifts to “capture your soul.” This terrified me, frankly, and I spent several years on edge about them. However, eventually some friends did a some kind of soul retrieval and I experienced going past the human genome to the pre-genetic source, described elsewhere as a dark water with the wind blowing over it. I felt the genetic material in my testicles being ground down to pre-genetic material. Later that night I dreamed that regiments were forming to fight a cosmic war and were sorted by “spiritual genes”— I was placed in the part human/part faery regiment. When I woke up I immediately remember the Ballad of Tam Lyn and how the faeries give up their prisoners when they march the day after Halloween. The realization immediately flashed into my mind that this was the key to being free of the faeries—to see them marching regimentally. This refers to the old shamanic/witchcraft/psychoanalytical technique of recapitulating, reliving one’s life.

  161. Fritz says:

    Almost all of the people in the world have faerie ancestry even I, myself being born in an asian country has a fairy blood and my parents can’t deny the fact that they encountered these beings several time after my birth as they tried to protect me from these fairies who tried to snatch me away from them. As I was growing, I occasionaly see them and have encounters of them and I though its just normal since my great grandfathers were shamans and my grandmother in my father side had a fairy woman as her bestfriend. I really got this feeling since I was a kid that I have strong connections with them but everytime they show themselves to me I tend to despised them due to the fact that I am very afraid of their presence. We have records of some relatives who married fairy women, a cousin of mine who had a fairy bried but he needed to die in order to be reunited with her new family and that is one of the cost why I am so afraid although it’s not really you who will appear to die; an animated object in your likeness to be killed. I had a fairy woman as a lover before and a fairy man who wanted to be my bestfriend but I tend to used amulet to make them go away. Now, I discovered from an article in the internet about the star children…it all pointed out to me that I myself is a fairy being incarnated into a human and that made all the sense. At first I cried after my discoveries shunning myself away from my original family just because I am too fearful to face my otherkins but right now I am soul searching about finding my purpose of why I crossed this human world. Wish me goodluck people!

  162. Fritz says:

    Some of my ancestors were europeans who settled down in the philippines. Others were spanish and others were british in origin. Maybe that serves as connection of maybe I am a descendant of the tuatha de danaans since my mom told me that the fairies want to get me because they told her I am an angel like them and as I searched books and the internet, the sidhes are the descendants of angels who came down to earth from the stars of heaven.

  163. Audrionna says:

    I was told by someone I had fae blood in me. At one point in my life I was accused of something serious that I did not do. More and More I have dreams of a faerie that I would call her mother faerie. She was beautiful blonde hair always wore blue. Usually she was by herself, but the last dream there was a pond and many faeries, but I think I have a picture of this a fae. If you could ever contact me that would be great. The night before I found this picture with what I think Is a fae in the woods. The night before something woke me up I went to the kitchen and at the end of a table was this beautiful bright winged being. It was like the size of a small toddler, what I believe is the same thing in the picture of a loved one. Enlightenment?

  164. Fiona says:

    Hello, Audrionna!

    What you’re describing sounds very much like a faerie. If you’ve read Kira Flynn’s book, “The Door Home,” I think she talks about family connections with faeries, as well.

    While I can’t absolutely, positively say that anyone has seen a faerie, your description and the “coincidence” (which I think isn’t a coincidence at all, but deliberate cues sent to you) suggest that you’ve had a faerie encounter.

    How wonderful!


  165. Ash says:

    I found this site by googling lore and faerie boxes/homes as, the older I grow the more I am confused over this. When I was a child between the ages of 6-10 I built a shoebox house out of twigs and spare bits of clothe, rocks, and I think one Barbie table. I don’t remember it being my mom’s idea (she’s second generation Ukranian-American) and I know my dad didn’t suggest it (he’s the Irish source, Sullivan is my surname). I do remember asking for the materials and making the box myself, and then convincing my best friend to make one too (my best friend is solidly German/French)

    As a child I had more experiences than I care to remember with things that aren’t here, human. Spirits and faerie and others I can’t name as I don’t know what to call them. We moved at some point after my mom destroyed the box in a fit of spite, and I spent the next ten years being unwelcome in our new home to the point of having nightmares for ten years straight, being suicidal for a good portion of that time (which is primarily due to my extreme negative reaction to antidepressants, I was diagnosed bipolar 2 and have learned I’m also autistic), and I did not want to be in that house alone. It’s been since nicknamed the evil house.

    I’ve been wanting to know what reason and why as a child with no prompting from family I built this little box. It’s been suggested that this was a phenomenon similar to the strange “s-shaped” image children have drawn except most people I’ve met have never made one of these things. In fact most people I talk to have no idea what I’m talking about.

    I figured I would ask, especially since Ive begun to feel like I should make another one.

    Also do you have any suggestions for books on the topic of learning the stories behind Irish folklore? And to researching ancestry? I’ve been trying to do so since I was 16 but have never gotten far.

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