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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."

Kenealy Early Origins



The surname Kenealy 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.

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Kenealy Spelling Variations


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Kenealy Spelling Variations



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.

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Kenealy Early History


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Kenealy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kenealy research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1800 is included under the topic Early Kenealy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kenealy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kenealy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kenealy 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:

Kenealy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Kenealy, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

Kenealy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Kenealy, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Margaret Kenealy, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Patrick Kenealy, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Mary Kenealy, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

Kenealy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kenealy, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenealy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kenealy (post 1700)



  • Mel Kenealy (1903-1985), American racecar driver in the 1930 Indy 500
  • Michael Kenealy (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1903-04; Member of Connecticut State Senate, 1901-02
  • Matthew H. Kenealy (b. 1885), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stamford, 1919-20; Member of Connecticut State Senate 27th District, 1921-22
  • William Stephen Kenealy VC (1886-1915), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross for his action on the Gallipoli Campaign
  • Amy Kenealy (b. 1988), Irish cricketer for the Ireland National Team
  • Edward Vaughan Hyde Kenealy (1819-1880), Irish barrister and writer, known for his actions in the Tichborne case which led to his ruin
  • Don Kenealy, New Zealand rugby league player for the New Zealand National Team in 1912
  • Robyn E. Kenealy, creator and organizer in the New Zealand art and comics communities

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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    The Kenealy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kenealy 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2016 at 21:17.

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