The surname O'Keddy comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Ceadaigh, from an ancient personal name
derived from the Gaelic word "cead," meaning "hundred." This name often given to the O'Mores of Leix
with whom the MacKeadys were associated. In found in Munster
, the name of the Corca Laoidhe sept O Meiceidigh, has been corrupted to MacCeidigh or Mac Eidigh, and anglicized as Keady. The name has been recorded as both O'Keady and McKeddy in the Fiants of the sixteenth century.
Early Origins of the O'Keddy family
The surname O'Keddy was first found in County Leix
(Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland
, in Leinster
Early History of the O'Keddy family
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O'Keddy Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacKeady, McKeady, Keady, O'Keady, Keddy, O'Keddy and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Keddy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Keddy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Keady, who was naturalized in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1801; Robert Keady and his family, who settled in St. John, New Brunswick between 1833 and 1838.
The O'Keddy 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: Conlan abu
Motto Translation: Conlan forever.
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