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There are a multitude of ancient meanings and variations associated with the Irish surnames that are now common throughout the modern world. The original Gaelic form of the name Kiely is O Cadhla, which is derived from the word "cadhla," which means "graceful."

Kiely Early Origins



The surname Kiely was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They are of the ancient kingdom of Ossory (Osraighe), conjecturally descended from the Kings and gentry of Ossory, the progenitor of which was Conla, the second son of Breasal Breac, King of Leinster, and descended to Ceallach who was ancestor of Teige McGillpatrick.

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Kiely Spelling Variations


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Kiely Spelling Variations



One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Kiely family name include Keily, Keiley, Keilly, Kiley, Kily, Kiely, Kieley, Keeley, Keely, Queally, Quealy, Quelly, O'Keily, O'Keilly, O'Kiely and many more.

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Kiely Early History


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Kiely Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kiely research. Another 469 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1630, 1645, 1689, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Kiely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kiely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kiely Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kiely 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



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Kiely or one of its variants:

Kiely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kiely, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Michael Kiely, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Thomas Kiely, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Phillip Kiely, who arrived in Mississippi in 1883

Kiely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Kiely, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Edmond Kiely, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • Ellen Kiely, aged 11, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
  • Richard Kiely, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • James Kiely, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Kiely Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Kiely, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Margaret Kiely arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Michael Kiely, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiely (post 1700)



  • William P. Kiely, American politician, Mayor of Santa Clara, California, 1953-54
  • Philip A. Kiely (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1906-07; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1936, 1940, 1944
  • John P. Kiely, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ansonia; elected 1932
  • John J. Kiely, American Republican politician, Postmaster at New York City, New York, 1925-34 (acting, 1925); Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932
  • JoAnne M. Kiely, American Republican politician, Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 5th District, 1965
  • Daniel Alan Kiely, American independent film actor and screen writer
  • Thomas Kiely (1892-1980), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Molly Maud Kiely (b. 1969), American alternative cartoonist
  • Mark Kiely, American actor
  • Leo Patrick Kiely (1929-1984), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    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 Kiely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kiely 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 24 June 2016 at 05:16.

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