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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 Kealy is O Cadhla, which is derived from the word "cadhla," which means "graceful."

Kealy Early Origins



The surname Kealy 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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Kealy Spelling Variations


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Kealy Spelling Variations



The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Kealy family name revealed numerous spelling 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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Kealy Early History


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Kealy Early History



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

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Kealy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kealy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kealy 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kealy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Kealy, aged 14, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • John Kealy, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Sally Kealy, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • Mary Kealy, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • Mary Kealy, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kealy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kealy (post 1700)



  • Leonard Marshall Kealy (1870-1946), American politician, Mayor of Lewisville, Texas, 1940-41
  • David Kealy (b. 1965), Irish footballer
  • Brendan Kealy (b. 1986), Irish footballer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Kealy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kealy 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 6 October 2015 at 13:00.

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