O'deely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name O'deely is O Dalaigh, from the word "dalach," which comes from "dail," which means "assembly."
Early Origins of the O'deely family
The surname O'deely was first found in the barony of Magheradernon, in County Westmeath and traditionally claim descent from Eanna Ceannselach (Ian Kinsella), King of Leinster. They became Chiefs of Muintir Bhaire in the south west of Cork, and later in the north west of the same county, largely in O'Keefe's country. A distinct sept was found in Desmond as early as 1165.
"Cuconnachta-na-Scoil O'Daly (or "Cuconnachta of the Schools") was the first of this family that assumed the surname." 
Early History of the O'deely family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'deely research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1680, 1600, 1595, 1662, 1595, 1583, 1617, 1595, 1665, 1638, 1721, 1574, 1614, 1902, 1976, 1955 and 1976 are included under the topic Early O'deely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'deely Spelling Variations
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempt to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name O'deely dating from that time include Daly, Daley, Daylie, Dayley, Dalley, Dailey, Daily, Dailley, Dally, O'Daily, O'Daley and many more.
Early Notables of the O'deely family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel O'Daly (1595-1662), Irish diplomat and historian. He was "a native of Kerry, born in 1595, was member of a branch of an Irish sept which took its name from an ancestor, Dalach, in the twelfth century. His family were among the adherents of the Earl of Desmond, who was attainted for having opposed the government of Queen Elizabeth in Ireland, and was killed there in 1583. " 
Angus O'Daly (d. 1617), was the Irish...
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Migration of the O'deely family
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name O'deely: the Widow Daley who settled in Canada in 1846.
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The O'deely Motto +
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: Deo fidelis et Regi
Motto Translation: Loyal to God and king
- ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print