The Irish name Kelleigh has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Kelleigh is O Ceallaigh or Mac Ceallaigh. These names denote descendants of Ceallach. This personal name
may be derived from the word "ceallach," which means "strife."
Early Origins of the Kelleigh family
The surname Kelleigh was first found in southwest Ireland
, south of Dublin
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. The Kelly surname is conjecturally descended from King Colla da Crioch, who died in 357 A.D.
Early History of the Kelleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelleigh research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1238, 1253, 1555, 1597, 1621, 1695, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Kelleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kelleigh Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Kelleigh can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.
Early Notables of the Kelleigh family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Daniel MacKelly; Sir Edward Kelley or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (1555-1597), Irish occultist and self-declared spirit medium; Charles O’Kelly (1621-1695) was an Irish soldier and writer from Aughrim, County Galway; and James Gilliam, also known as James Kelly, (died 1701), an... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kelleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kelleigh family to the New World and Oceana
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia
. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Kelleigh family came to North America quite early: Brian Kelly, who purchased land in Virginia in 1635; David O'Killlia came to Old Yarmouth/New Dennis, MA in the early 1600s, where he changed his name to O'Kelley.
The Kelleigh Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Turris Fortis Mihi Deus
Motto Translation: God is a strong tower to me.