Faeries in your family tree

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!

217 thoughts on “Faeries in your family tree”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 …

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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. :)

  14. @Mary
    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

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


  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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….

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

    1. 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!


  32. 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.

  33. Hello I really like this information and I want to know about my family’s history but i can’t seem to find anything on my family. if you could could you tell me about the Cochran’s and Scarberry’s ?

  34. Would specific traits/memories be ways to tell if you have any fae ancestry, are a changeling, etc. ? For example: strong feelings of being “in the air”/detached from reality throughout childhood, unusually strong immune system/VERY rarely sick, desire for nature & natural/old-fashioned materials/history/lifestyle with deep struggles in being inside all day when not intended (ex. going to school, long driving trips, etc.), an enigmatic personality that surprises close friends/relatives even after years, an unusually ethereal demeanor/beauty that many find astounding as it is intimidating causing them to fail to approach you/change themselves around you (ex. rowdy troublemaker turns to protective/caring/polite companion in your presence, secretive/socially awkward person becomes very open and trusting, etc.), bizarre/fantastical dream realms that can be revisited in later dreams as you age, feeling most awake and curious at night (could be insomnia however most nights it’s natural as opposed to times of stress in which I barely sleep at all), rare bouts of heightened agility/grace as though dancing and flying at the same time when aloof or frightened, capable of eating large portions of food and never struggled with weight, strong love for the seemingly magnetic/enchanting pull of the ocean and a love for bathing, and frequent cravings for sweets and bread ? It is also read that if you have a period of nightmares it could be a sign of nearby goblins (as told in the Spiderwick guide), especially if the dreams are of being chased (would this also include dreams of feeling “monsters” present within the grass of your backyard?). Though some would relate consecutive nightmares to puberty.. Also, say in your childhood/teen years, while you have all these personality/energy traits, if you’ve rarely encountered any fae would that disprove any theories? At least outside of the possible nightmare to goblins period, as a teenager I only had a possible sprite sighting once (it was right at sunset, I was a middle schooler & she flew in-between me and my dads faces as he turned around to speak to me after picking me up from school one day, and he didn’t see her slim 5″ tall body with different shades of green in skin-tone, black eyes, nude body, hair like a dandelion when it’s closed, and clear wings fly right in front of his nose !). I still suspect to this day she flew past us solely because my dad had milk on his breath from a Starbucks drink, as I’ve read fae’s love milk. However I can also remember very well my days in pre-school and how during recess I played outside where there was a tall redwood behind the play structures. I still remember this became my favorite tree because if I sat against or played near it and looked up through it’s branches to the sunlight I could hear enchanting music and singing as well as a male voice that was very difficult to hear above the other kids yelling and playing. It would try to tell me stories before I went inside and although these memories are harder to access, I know for sure that the tree told me it’s name that began in “O”. For awhile I’ve been fighting to remember, could it have been an “Orluhk”? “Orlan”? Maybe even something longer.. I just want to know, can any of this be of any indication to the fae realm or am I just a unique woman with a wild imagination ?

  35. Also, while I don’t have any detailed DNA percentages, my most immediate family heritage/ethnicities is of african-american, portuguese, and extremely little native american tribal descent. So no European “easy fairy access” luck for me lol, at least none that I know of.

  36. P.S.
    Most of my family is of average height though I have a few taller cousins (6’2″ to 6’5″). My dad and I are the only ones with nose freckles. My paternal grandmother is also a night person and can predict family pregnancies when dreaming of fish, while a few of her half sisters/cousins can also predict things via other animals/objects. Most in the family range from light tan to chocolate brown, though me and my mom are the lightest due to her biological father’s portuguese side. And as a child I was also prone to frequent deja vous thanks to vision “clips” in my dreams. I’m also one of the few in the family who loves tree climbing, certain bugs, rain/storms, grass/puddles/mud, and is the most fascinated by fairy folklore.

  37. Hello!

    First of all, lovely website! I’ve learned so much since I’ve been drawn into the world of faeries.

    Secondly, do you know anything about Scottish faeries and the possibility of Scottish faerie ancestry? I do have Irish blood but I don’t have the ability to trace it back anywhere – but I have plenty of Scottish in me, and a lot of family records to look through!

    Thanks so much.

    Gentle Breezes!

    1. Sierra Blair, Scottish faerie lore is probably among the best-documented in the world. It’s also a mixed collection of charming and terrifying tales. Look for records related to the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Also, I think Sir Walter Scott wrote extensively (if fictionally) about Scottish faeries.

  38. Hi, thanks for this article. I came across it as I’ve come to realise that I’ve most likely got faerie blood too. My great grandmother is an O’Keefe which I have learned means we are descendants of one of the royal families of the Munster region including King Arthur and King Ailil. Aine is the faerie goddess of the Munster region so I wonder if we are descendants of hers or how do I can find out which fairy if it wasn’t her? Also funnily enough I too have a had a strong connection to the fae my entire life without any education about them nor knowing our roots. I too recently was guided by God and Goddess to use a name given to me by them which means Faerie Goddess and again this prior to finding our my ancestry is fairy.

  39. I am so glad to have not lost this part of myself. This carnality for life. Ever since I was young I had such an intense and passionate and desperate interest in the elements, healing, spells, anesthetic pleasures such as the organic textures of rocks or glow of a firefly, self expression through creativity,singing dancing, and art, self sustainability, and magic lore, especially fairies and witches. My great grandmother, who is in fact European, would tell me stories of how she would build fairy houses as a child and one time met one. They shared a flower. I always had a relentless urge to just run away, to be with nature, to be free from the instilled cradles, I hated conflict so much, I still do. I was so very sensitive but bold in terms of my morals. I was a leader despite never wanting to be, I was merely an independent and empathetic to a fault. I loved to share hope with people. Very ISFP in terms of a personality type. I do have Irish heritage in me, though I am uncertain of exact decent. I’m 16 now and still wish I could live like a nomad or Irish traveler somewhere off in Northern Ireland but I don’t have legal credentials. I dont want money to be my god. Capitalism disgusts me. My mother is living to work an office job. Do faerie communities really exist?

  40. Ms. Fiona,
    Thank you for sharing such insightful knowledge of the Faries. My mother’s maiden name was Bean. My DNA results stated that I am 16% Irish. I was told by a professor in folklore history, that my Bean surname identified me as having Fae blood. All of we women on my mother’s side of the family have always always felt different from others. Our dreams, clairvoyance, and healing energies. My nephew has always professed that we were all of Fairy blood. He actually once had a violent reaction to St. John’s Wort. It wasn’t until years later that I read that this herb was revolting to those of Fairy blood. that you may be able to shed some light on our ancestry.
    Thank you kindly,
    Darla Anne

  41. Love this wonder how far my mom has gotten in genealogy on my grandmothers ancestry, would love to know the faerie name of the ancester. It could be on my grandfathers side though could very well not be an “Irish” faerie but Scandinavian. thank you for this lovely article!

  42. I have Irish and Scottish ancestors. Though I’m not sure the Scottish ancestor have anything to do with my deep connection to the elements and dreams. I’m really confused about my Fae roots because I was sure I wasn’t now I’m not as sure. Every once in a while I’ll see little yellow prin pricks of light that float then disappear after a few minutes. Can anyone help explain any of this?

  43. I am still searching to find myself. Years ago, I was just looking up about dragonkin on websites and came across Otherkin. I found that these people believed they were something other than human, by soul. I was fascinated to find this.

    I told my boyfriend, (we met online and he lives in another state), he has never heard of Otherkin either but he has dreamt of things and believes he may have been a fallen angel.
    That night I was in bed thinking hard if I were something too. I pulled a memory from my childhood. I had a three night dream back when I was a kid. I knew my boyfriend in a past life. We actually shared a life together and he remembered little. I tried to think of the place we were at and he finally remembered what it was, a park. We met at a park at night.

    I later found that I wasn’t human then, I was confused if I was a white witch. Like a witch dressed in white, or an angel. I then found that I had been a faerie. I was upset about it because I didn’t think being one was cool. As a kid I loved faeries and always believed in them no matter what anyone said. I wanted to be something cool like a dragon. I love dragons. I connect with dragons.
    I was told it’s possible to have dragon in you as well as faerie. I am trying to find out more if I was partly dragon. I remember there were dragons.

    My faerie mother was beautiful, either she had white long hair or black. And her dress was white and elegant. I remember we walked through a portal to meet with these elves. They had long silver hair and white skin.
    My father had short brown hair, and he wore earthy colours like brown, gold, maybe red. I think he was like a dragon faerie, or something? I’m not exactly sure what he was. I’m still trying to figure this out.

    I remember I had a pocket watch that could turn back time. There was a white palace I lived in. There was a fountain at the park. I wish I knew what kind of faerie I was. I did have insect wings, but they only came out of my back whenever I wanted them to open out to fly.

    I had long light brown hair, which is what I have now, (except I cut it short). I also wore a white dress, not sure what kind but someone else I knew online was a close friend of mine back then too. She said she remembered a girl in a white shift dress.

    Sorry if this is too long to read. I wish I could find what kind of faerie they were, and what I was.

  44. I also do have an Irish ancestor who came to Australia. Mum found out on the Ancestry site. We also have French, Scottish, and Chinese in our blood too, and of course English.

  45. A while ago i had a dream that i was being ‘recruited’ to become a faerie. I was with a bunch of other people – i guess we were all in the running:) our famillies were watching as well. we all were running through a big open field (it was the middle of the night) and once we got tagged by a faerie, we became part of their “group” or “clan” and we were given an outfit with the group colours and a belt that had the name of the group on it and a sentence about our future. I was the last one to be tagged due to me being a very fast runner and the leader commented on how i would be a fast and strong flier. When i was tagged i was given a red and cream gown with crystal baubles on the neckline. I was given a belt with the group name on it (cant remember the name, i also cant recall the sentence about my future). The entire dream was EXTREMELY vivid and detailed, when i woke up i was certain that it had actually happened for a second. I am of Irish and Scottish decent (O’Gorman, O’Doyle, MacGorman, MacDoyle) and i have always been deeply interested in faeries and whether or not i was related to them. Any idea what this could all mean?

  46. I am from England. I was born with fish gills in my throat and had them until was 9 years old when they were removed at Middlesex hospital in London. I have to be around water . I feel drawn to it. Most people don’t believe me but I have the scars on my neck from the surgery. the doctor said it came from our ancestors. who used to be fish

    1. That’s a very odd experience. However, I’ve heard from others that there are lingering cues that our long-distant ancestors may have been some kind of fish. I haven’t heard of anything as blatant as something one would call gills, but it’s an interesting report, nevertheless.

    1. About what…? If you’ve written to me, I apologize. Around Halloween, I receive hundreds — sometimes thousands — of emails, daily. It can take weeks to finally get through them.

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