HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016


The Irish name O'Kelly has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Kelly is O Ceallaigh or Mac Ceallaigh. These names denote descendants of Ceallach. This personal name may be derived from the word "ceallach," which means "strife."

 More

The surname O'Kelly was first found in southwest Ireland, south of Dublin where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Kelly surname is conjecturally descended from King Colla da Crioch, who died in 357 A.D.

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'Kelly that are preserved in archival documents are Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelly, O'Killia and others.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Kelly research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1518, 1238, 1253, 1555, 1597, 1621, 1695, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early O'Kelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Daniel MacKelly; Sir Edward Kelley or Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot (1555-1597), Irish occultist and self-declared spirit medium; Charles O’Kelly (1621-1695) was an Irish soldier and writer from Aughrim, County Galway; and James Gilliam, also known as James Kelly, (died 1701), an...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Kelly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Kelly name: Brian Kelly, who purchased land in Virginia in 1635; David O'Killlia came to Old Yarmouth/New Dennis, MA in the early 1600s, where he changed his name to O'Kelley.

 More

  • Paddy O'Kelly (b. 1975), American professional baseball player
  • Don O'Kelly (1924-1966), American actor
  • Sean O'Kelly (b. 1975), Irish footballer
  • Sean O'Kelly (1883-1966), Irish journalist and politician, president of Ireland (1945-1959)
  • Seumas O'Kelly (1875-1918), Irish author and writer
  • Malcolm O'Kelly (b. 1974), Irish rugby player
  • John J. O'Kelly (1872-1957), Irish politician
  • James Joseph O'Kelly (1845-1916), Irish politician
  • Aloysius O'Kelly (1853-1941), Irish painter
  • Seamus O'Kelly, Irish short story writer
  • ...
 More

O'Kelly Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John J. O'Kelly, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
 More

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Turris Fortis Mihi Deus
Motto Translation: God is a strong tower to me.

 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
O'Kelly Armorial History With Coat of ArmsO'Kelly Armorial History With Coat of Arms
O'Kelly Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageO'Kelly Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
O'Kelly Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesO'Kelly Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
O'Kelly Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainO'Kelly Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
O'Kelly Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugO'Kelly Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
O'Kelly Armorial History with FrameO'Kelly Armorial History with Frame
O'Kelly Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsO'Kelly Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The O'Kelly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Kelly 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 26 January 2015 at 15:36.

    Sign Up

      

    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more