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."
as chiefs in the barony of Connello, from olden times up to the 12th century when they were dispersed by the Anglo
, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
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.
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.