Kelley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish name Kelley has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Kelley 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 Kelley family

The surname Kelley 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.

Important Dates for the Kelley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelley research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1238, 1253, 1555, 1597, 1621, 1695, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Kelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kelley Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Kelley were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.

Early Notables of the Kelley 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 English pirate active in the Indian Ocean during the 1690s and was...
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Kelley migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Kelley family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Kelley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Brian Kelley, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Bryan Kelley, who landed in Maryland in 1635 [1]
  • Ailce Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [1]
  • Elizabeth Kelley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Kelley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Kelley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Owen Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Morris Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Neile Kelley, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • William Kelley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kelley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Walter Kelley, who landed in America in 1801 [1]
  • Phillip Kelley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Catherine Kelley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Andrew Kelley, aged 25, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • John Kelley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kelley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kelley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Eunice Kelley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Kelley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Kelley Samuel U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Kelley William U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [2]
Kelley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Kelley, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland

Kelley migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kelley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Kelley, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • James Kelley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [4]
  • Joseph Kelley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [5]

Kelley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kelley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Kelley, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1831 [6]
  • E. Kelley, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [7]
  • J. Kelley, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [7]
  • D. Kelley, Scottish settler with 4 children travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [7]
  • Mr. James Kelley, (b. 1818), aged 65, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Nelson, North Island, New Zealand in 1883 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kelley (post 1700)

  • Allen Charles Kelley (1937-2017), American economist from Everett, Washington, James B. Duke Professor of Economics at Duke University
  • Gorden Bond Kelley (1938-2015), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1960 to 1965
  • William Melvin Kelley (1937-2017), prominent African-American novelist and short-story writer, awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008
  • Earl Allen Kelley (1932-2016), American gold medalist basketball player at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas Henry Kelley (1944-2015), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Shawn Andrew Kelley (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Kitty Kelley (b. 1942), American journalist and author
  • Michael "Mike" Kelley (1954-2012), American artist
  • Kevin Daniel Kelley (1943-2002), American drummer, best remembered for his work with The Byrds
  • John Adelbert "Johnny" Kelley (1907-2004), American long-distance Olympic runner
  • ... (Another 204 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Kelley family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Bruce K. Kelley, American Lieutenant Commander working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [8]
  • Mr. James Dennis Kelley, American Shipfitter Third Class from Oklahoma, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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