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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."

Kelley Early Origins



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.

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Kelley Spelling Variations


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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.

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Kelley Early History


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Kelley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelley 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 Kelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kelley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kelley Early Notables (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 Kelley 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



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, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Bryan Kelley, who landed in Maryland in 1635
  • Ailce Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Elizabeth Kelley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683

Kelley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Kelley, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Owen Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Morris Kelley, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Neile Kelley, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • William Kelley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
  • ... (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
  • Phillip Kelley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Catherine Kelley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Andrew Kelley, aged 25, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • John Kelley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Kelley William U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Kelley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Kelley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • James Kelley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  • Joseph Kelley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelley (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Gorden Bond Kelley (1938-2015), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1960 to 1965
  • 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
  • Joseph James Kelley (1871-1943), American baseball player
  • John Leroy Kelley (1916-1999), American mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley who worked in general topology and functional analysis
  • ... (Another 202 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Kelley


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Suggested Readings for the name Kelley



  • The History of Five Southern Families by Ethal Evans Albert.
  • History of James and Catherine Kelly by Richard Thomas Kelly.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm

Other References

  1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  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. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  11. ...

The Kelley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kelley 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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