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

Keily Early Origins



The surname Keily 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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Keily Spelling Variations


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Keily Spelling Variations



Many variations of the name Keily were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Keily 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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Keily Early History


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Keily Early History



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

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Keily Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keily Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keily 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



Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Keily or one of its variants:

Keily Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Keily settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1818
  • James Keily settled in New York State in 1853
  • Richard C Keily, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • J.M. Keily, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1893
  • Margaret Keily, aged 18, who landed in America from Steadford, in 1897

Keily Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John J. Keily, aged 31, who landed in America from County Waterford, Ireland in 1900
  • James Keily, aged 26, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1904
  • Denis Keily, aged 44, who landed in America from Kinsale, Cork, Ireland, in 1907
  • Henry Alexander Keily, aged 44, who settled in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Anastatia Keily, aged 25, who landed in America from New Ross, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keily Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Elsa Keily, aged 33, who settled in Ontario, Canada, in 1924

Keily Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Keily, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Honora Keily, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

Keily Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Keily, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keily (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keily (post 1700)



  • John Joseph Keily (1854-1928), Irish clergyman, Bishop of Plymouth (1911 to 1928)
  • Arthur Patrick Keily (1921-2016), British marathon runner at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • William "Bill" Keily (b. 1878), Canadian trapper and photographer, co-eponym of Redfern-Keily Provincial Park, British Columbia
  • Mortimer "Dan" Keily (b. 1892), Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Keily Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keily 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.

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