Keneally History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 by Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
Early History of the Keneally family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keneally research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1800 is included under the topic Early Keneally History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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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Keneally migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
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" 
- Edward Keneally, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
Keneally 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:
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
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