All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Kinnelly is O Cinnfhaolaidh, which is derived from "ceann," which means "head," and "faol," which means "wolf."
as chiefs in the barony of Connello, from olden times up to the 12th century when they were dispersed by the Anglo
, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
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In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Kinnelly family name revealed numerous 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.
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Kinnelly: 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.