Kinealy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Kinealy is O Cinnfhaolaidh, which is derived from "ceann," which means "head," and "faol," which means "wolf."

Early Origins of the Kinealy family

The surname Kinealy 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 Kinealy family

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Kinealy 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 Kinealy 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.

Early Notables of the Kinealy family (pre 1700)

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Canada Kinealy migration to Canada +

In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Kinealy or a variant listed above, including:

Kinealy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Kinealy, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Australia Kinealy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kinealy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Kinealy, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [1]
  • Margaret Kinealy, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinealy (post 1700) +

  • John Henry Kinealy (1864-1928), American mechanical engineer and text-book author
  • Christine Kinealy, Irish author, best known for her book, This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-1852

  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved on Facebook