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There are a multitude of ancient meanings and variations associated with the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the modern world. The original Gaelic form of the name Gilley is O Cadhla, which is derived from the word "cadhla," which means "graceful."

Gilley Early Origins



The surname Gilley was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They are of the ancient kingdom of Ossory (Osraighe), conjecturally descended from the Kings and gentry of Ossory, the progenitor of which was Conla, the second son of Breasal Breac, King of Leinster, and descended to Ceallach who was ancestor of Teige McGillpatrick.

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Gilley Spelling Variations


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Gilley Spelling Variations



Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Gilley revealed many variations, including Keily, Keiley, Keilly, Kiley, Kily, Kiely, Kieley, Keeley, Keely, Queally, Quealy, Quelly, O'Keily, O'Keilly, O'Kiely and many more.

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Gilley Early History


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Gilley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilley research. Another 469 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1630, 1645, 1689, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Gilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Gilley:

Gilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phillip Gilley, aged 23, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Robert Gilley, aged 28, landed in Maine in 1812
  • W B Gilley, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Anne Gilley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • William B Gilley, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilley (post 1700)



  • Clarence W. Gilley (b. 1919), American Republican politician, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (1949-1954)
  • Stan Gilley (b. 1982), American professional football player
  • Wendell Gilley, American bird watcher and artist who carved birds in wood on Mount Desert Island, Maine
  • Mickey Leroy Gilley (b. 1936), American country music singer and musician, known for his hits "Room Full of Roses" and "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time"
  • Wayne W. Gilley, American politician, Mayor of Lawton, Oklahoma, 1967
  • Janice E. Gilley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Clarence William Gilley (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Florence, Forest and Oneida counties, 1949-50
  • Jeremy Gilley, English actor, filmmaker and founder of the charity Peace One Day

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Suggested Readings for the name Gilley


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Suggested Readings for the name Gilley



  • Gillis and Other Pioneer Families of Georgia by Marvin B. Gillis.
  • Scots and Their Kin by Clayton G. Metcalf.

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Gilley Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Gilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 August 2016 at 13:19.

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