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Irish surnames are linked to the long Gaelic heritage of the Island nation. The original Gaelic form of the name Kelliher is "O Ceileachair," which means "companion dear." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Grehan, Ida, The Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart Publications, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X)
Another source claims the name means "wise, prudent." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


Kelliher Early Origins



The surname Kelliher was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They "derive their sirname from Ceileachar, son of Donchuan, brother of Brian Borimhe [Boru], the 175th Monarch of Ireland. In the twelfth and even so late as the sixteenth century, the O'Kellehers were possessed of lands in Munster; but the pedigree of the family is, we fear, lost." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
The oldest record of the family was of Donogh O'Kelleher, successor of St. Kieren of Siager (Bishop of Ossory) who died in 1048. MacLysaght noted that the family left their original habitat in County Clare in the 14th century and moved to County Cork. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Kelliher Spelling Variations


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Kelliher Spelling Variations



Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Kelliher. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Kelleher, O'Kelleher, Kellehar, Kellegher and others.

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Kelliher Early History


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Kelliher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kelliher research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 101 and 1014 are included under the topic Early Kelliher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kelliher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kelliher Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kelliher 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kelliher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Kelliher, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Kelliher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Kelliher, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Margaret Kelliher, aged 28, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Margaret Kelliher, aged 4, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Martin Kelliher, aged 1, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Maurice Kelliher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelliher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kelliher (post 1700)



  • Bill Kelliher (b. 1971), American guitarist of heavy metal band Mastodon
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher (b. 1968), American politician, 56th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2007-2011), Minnesota House Minority Leader (2006-2007)
  • Walter J. Kelliher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964
  • Annie G. Kelliher, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924
  • Richard Kelliher (1910-1963), Irish-born, Australian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Grehan, Ida, The Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart Publications, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Kelliher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kelliher 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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