Kenneally 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 Kenneally is O Cinnfhaolaidh, which is derived from "ceann," which means "head," and "faol," which means "wolf."
Early Origins of the Kenneally family
The surname Kenneally 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 Kenneally family
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Kenneally Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Kenneally revealed spelling variations, including 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 Kenneally family (pre 1700)
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Kenneally migration to the United States +
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Kenneally:
Kenneally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Kenneally, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Limerick, in 1893
Kenneally Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Kenneally, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1904
- David Kenneally, aged 26, who landed in America from County Waterford, Ireland in 1905
- Elsie Kenneally, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Carrigavisteal, Ireland, in 1906
- John Kenneally, aged 25, who landed in America from Youhal, Ireland, in 1907
- Annie Kenneally, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Listowel, Ireland, in 1908
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kenneally migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kenneally Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Miss. Bridget Kenneally, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Aberdeen" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 13th June 1847 but she died on board 
- Mrs. Helen Kenneally, aged 30 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing 10th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but she died on board 
- Miss. Margaret Kenneally, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Alexander Stewart" departing 4th June 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 28th July 1847 but she died on board 
Kenneally migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kenneally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Bartholomew Kenneally (aged 32), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
- Mr. Bartholomew Kenneally, (b. 1824), aged 32, Irish labourer from County Clare, Ireland travelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 
- Mrs. Bridget Kenneally (née McGarth), (b. 1832), aged 24, Irish settler from County Clare, Ireland travelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 
Contemporary Notables of the name Kenneally (post 1700) +
- Christine Kenneally, Australian-American journalist, great-granddaughter of J.J. Kenneally
- George Vincent Kenneally Sr (1902-1968), American football offensive lineman
- William P. Kenneally, American Democrat politician, Chair of New York County Democratic Party, 1939 
- George V. Kenneally Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1964 
- William Kenneally (1899-1964), Irish politician Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (TD) in 1952 and (1954-1957)
- Brendan Kenneally (b. 1955), Irish politician, Teachta Dála (TD) for the Waterford (2007-2011), son of Billy Kenneally
- William "Billy" Kenneally (1925-2009), Irish politician, Chairman of the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party (1977-1982), son of William Kenneally
- John Kenneally, Irish sportsperson (hurler)
- Pat Kenneally (b. 1968), retired Irish sportsperson
- James Joseph "J.J." Kenneally (1879-1954), Australian politician, railwayman and unionist
- ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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