All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Keneally is O Cinnfhaolaidh, which is derived from "ceann," which means "head," and "faol," which means "wolf."
Early Origins of the Keneally family
The surname Keneally was first found in Limerick
(Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
as chiefs in the barony of Connello, from olden times up to the 12th century when they were dispersed by the Anglo Norman invasion
, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
Early History of the Keneally family
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Keneally Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland
during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the Keneally family name include Kinneally, Kinealy, Kinnelly, Kinnelley, Kinneley, Kinelly, Kinelley, Kenealy, O'Kinnealy, O'Kinnelly, O'Kinelly, O'Kinneley, O'Kennelly, O'Kenelly, Kennelly, Kenelly, Kennealy, Keneally, O'Kennealy, O'Kenneally, Quinelly, O'Quinelly, O'Quinelley, Kenneallagh, Keneallagh, Kenealagh, O'Kenealagh, O'Kenealagh, Kinneary, Kineary, O'Kinneary and many more.
Early Notables of the Keneally family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Keneally family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Keneally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Keneally, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
- Edward Keneally, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
Keneally Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Keneally, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Ellen Keneally, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
- Jeremiah M. Keneally, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Keneally (post 1700)
- Kristina Keneally, first American-born member of the Australian New South Wales Parliament
- Mel Keneally (1903-1985), American Indy 500 racecar driver
- Michael Joseph Keneally (b. 1961), American guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and composer
- William Keneally (1886-1915), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Thomas Michael Keneally (b. 1935), Australian novelist