All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Kenealy 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.
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Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations
of the surname Kenealy were found in the archives researched. These included 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.