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Where did the Irish Kely family come from? When did the Kely family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kely family history?The Irish name Kely has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Kely is O Ceallaigh or Mac Ceallaigh. These names denote descendants of Ceallach. This personal name may be derived from the word "ceallach," which means "strife."
Many spelling variations of the surname Kely can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kely research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1238, 1253, 1555 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Kely History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Kely family came to North America quite early:
Kely Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kely Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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