All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Kinnally is O Cinnfhaolaidh, which is derived from "ceann," which means "head," and "faol," which means "wolf."
Early Origins of the Kinnally family
The surname Kinnally 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
, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
Early History of the Kinnally family
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Kinnally Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations
such as 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 Kinnally family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinnally family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Kinnally were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: Michael Kinneary arrived in Philadelphia in 1873; John Kennelly arrived in Virginia 1774; John Kennelly arrived in Quebec in 1825 and later moved to Lindsay, Ontario. Patrick and Mary Kennelly arrived in Boston Mass in 1849.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kinnally (post 1700)
- Jon Kinnally, American five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television writer and producer, best known for his work on Will & Grace (1998), Ugly Betty (2006) and 2 Broke Girls (2011)