Show ContentsKegley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Kegley originally appeared in Gaelic as O Coigligh, which may be derived from "coigeal," which denotes "unkempt hair."

Early Origins of the Kegley family

The surname Kegley was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Kegley family

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Kegley Spelling Variations

Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Kegley include O'Quigley, Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg, Fivey and many more.

Early Notables of the Kegley family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Patrick Cogley (died after 1470), an Irish Crown official, landowner and judge who was listed in 1461 as Master of the Rolls in Ireland and later Chief...
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Kegley Ranking

In the United States, the name Kegley is the 11,047th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Kegley migration to the United States +

Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Kegley were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Kegley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eugene R. Kegley, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Colon" from Cristobal, Canal Zone [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kegley (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Kegley, American postmaster who ran the post office at the train depot in what would later become known as Kegley, West Virginia
  • Frederick Bittle Kegley (1877-1968), American author from Virginia, agricultural leader and educator, best known for his Virginia Frontier The Beginning of the Southwest (1938)
  • Charles H. Kegley, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Enfield; elected 1954 [3]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Eugene R. Kegley, 11 Aug 1908; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Colon, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook