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

Keeley Early Origins



The surname Keeley 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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Keeley Spelling Variations


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Keeley Spelling Variations



Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Keeley. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include 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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Keeley Early History


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Keeley Early History



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

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Keeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keeley 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



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Keeley, or one of its variants:

Keeley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Keeley who landed in America in 1765

Keeley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Keeley, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Owen Keeley, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • Dennis and Ellen Keeley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • A Keeley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Keeley settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keeley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Keeley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849

Keeley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Keeley, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Keeley, aged 46, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Kesiah Keeley, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Giles Keeley, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Keeley, aged 169, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keeley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keeley (post 1700)



  • Irene Patricia Murphy Keeley (b. 1944), United States jurist
  • James Hugh Keeley Jr. (1898-1975), American diplomat
  • Burton Elwood "Burt" Keeley (1879-1952), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Steven Bo Keeley (b. 1949), American adventurer, naturalist, holistic healer, veterinarian, professional athlete
  • Wayne J Keeley (b. 1956), American practicing attorney, author, teacher, producer and director
  • Leslie Keeley (1836-1900), American physician
  • Fred Keeley (b. 1950), American politician
  • Andrew James 'Andy' Keeley (b. 1956), former English professional footballer
  • Robert Keeley (b. 1960), British composer and pianist
  • Charles Albert Keeley (1821-1889), British inventor, amateur scientist, entertainer and pioneering colour expert
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Keeley Historic Events


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Keeley Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas Keeley (1893-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Keeley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keeley 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 11 December 2015 at 16:30.

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