Kellie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Kellie 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 Kellie family

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

Kellie Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Kellie revealed spelling variations, including Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.

Early Notables of the Kellie 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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United States Kellie migration to the United States +

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 Kellie family came to North America quite early:

Kellie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Kellie, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [1]
  • Katherine Kellie, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [1]
Kellie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margeritta Kellie, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • William Kellie, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kellie (post 1700) +

  • Michael Alexander "Mike" Kellie (1947-2017), English musician, composer and record producer
  • Angela Kellie Rasberry (b. 1968), American radio personality
  • Kellie Suzanne Waymire (1967-2003), American stage, television, and film actress from Columbus, Ohio
  • Kellie Suttle (b. 1973), American silver medalist track and field athlete at the 1999 Pan American Games
  • Kellie Coffey (b. 1971), American singer-songwriter
  • Kellie Cockrell, American actress, best known for her roles in Minutemen (2008) and Return to Halloweentown (2006)
  • Kellie Shobe, American currently working for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan
  • Kellie Pharr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [2]
  • Kellie Drakeford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004 [3]

The Kellie 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.

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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