Last name: Kelly

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Kelley and Kellie, has three distinct possible origins. Firstly, it is an Anglicized form of the great Old Gaelic name "O'Ceallaigh". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the personal byname "Ceallach" meaning "strife" or "contention". The main (O')Kelly clan belonged to Ui Maine (mid Galway and South Roscommon), and the reigning chieftain, O'Ceallaigh (circa 1351), was a renowned patron of the arts. O'Kelly of Gallagh, whose claim to the designation chief of the name is officially recognised is entitled to be called the O'Kelly. The much lamented Grace Kelly of Monaco was of Irish stock. The surname may also be of English locational origin, from a place thus called in Devonshire, recorded as "Kelli" in the 1194 Pipe Rolls of that County, and named with the Welsh/Cornish "celli", grove. In 1521, the birth of Henry, son of William Kelly and Jane Trecarrell, was recorded in Kelly, Devonshire. Finally, the name may be of Scottish territorial origin from the lands of Kelly near Arbroath, Angus, named with the Gaelic element "coille", wood or grove. John de Kelly, noted in "Scottish Acts of Parliament" was abbot of Arbroath in 1373. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warin de Kelly, which was dated 1194, in the "Pipe Rolls of Devonshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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James Kelly
Great to see a large list of great people! My grandfather landed in Montreal back in the early 1900's. His home farm in Ireland still stands and my uncle has visited it several times. We have relatives also in Pennsylvania. My uncle Peter Kelly (family first born here in Canada) is very successful owning industrial plants and real estate, as well as the inventor of some important things in their time to which I hear he has patents. Good luck to all you kellys and hopefully we will bump into each other one day :)

David M. Kelly
I am David Michael Kelly, of Wyandotte, Michigan, USA. I am 17, and the first great-grandchild in a boatload of Kellys on my mom's side, as it is also her maiden name.
My Great-Grandpa, Michael Isadore Kelly is originally from Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He married my great-grandma, Lillian Theresa Kelly (formerly a Lahey, of Main-A-Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada), and they had four kids:
In order:
Theresa Michele Kelly married to Robert "Cook" Wielgosz, both currently of Allen Park, Michigan.
My grandma that I live with, Mary Diane Kelly(married to Gary Sokoll) currently of Wyandotte, Michigan.
Thomas "Bernie" Bernard Kelly, currently of Kentucky.
and Richard Kelly, currently of Dorr, Michigan, who married as well. .

My great-grandparents currently live in the village of Port Hope, Michigan, having lived in Detroit since moving from Nova Scotia in 1965.

Kimesha Kelly
I am from Jamaica, so is my father and his father, unfortunately i dont know much about the rest of family before my grandfather. i heard there were 2 brothers with the last name Kelly from Ireland that came to jamaica, but got separated from each other. HELP!

Jeremy Kelly
My Great Papy on my fathers sides last name was Brantley. When my Nonna married Ronald Kelly Senior her last name changed from Brantley to Kelly finding out that my nanny's mothers maiden name was Francis Godwin who was part of the great depression. My Papy was a part in the Veitnam War(which was really a conflict not concepted as a war officially) and World War 2. My mothers maiden name was Sonya Parks and her parents names were and still are Danny parks sr. and Judy Parks and Jusy's father was also in WW2 and her mother who is still alive was a nurse during that time. Judy's mothers parents were also a part of the great depression as well and both them and the Godwin family were alive during the jewish holocaust but were still under the origin following the paths of the Irish origin which had my name as Kelly. Knowing myself as a teenager that isnt that bright i got all this info from all these people in my family origin/history from anyone to my papy Brantley and my nanny. Big tree!

Amber kelly
Well my name is Amber Marie Kelly live in Chicago illinois I am 18 and i received my last name from my father who is from Kingston Jamaica his name is James Kelly. he has 9 children. Ann Marie Kelly- originally from Kingston Jamaica but she has been living in England since she was seven and she is now in her thirties. Johnathan Kelly who we found in 2010 of which we'd been looking for him for years he now lives in Chicago where most of us are . Nastassja hall- Kelly who is 28, veronica and Vernon Kelly who are twins both 28. Veronica is the author of "Don't Tell Your cousin" and "I Should've Told Her". Keenan Kelly 22, Ky'ree Kelly 20, and me Amber Kelly 18. We have another brother name washburn but i do not know his where abouts never met or talked with him. I grew up with Keenan ky'ree veronica Vernon and tassja and now johnathan is in my life and ann marie i talk to her. My father's dad is ragnald i believe that's how you spell it kelly from Kingston Jamaica. he lived in the Mountains in a mansion in Kingston Jamaica but just recently died over the summer. i never met him unfortunately. i have plenty of uncles and aunties of whom i don't know in Jamaica but the kellys who are here is my aunt joyce kelly, my cousin chantelle Kelly and cousin Michael kelly.

jackie kelly
i have just found this site by accident I'm so glad i did, i am very proud to be a Kelly my farther is Irish and came from slygo, im not sure of the correct way to spell that his name is Dominic Kelly he would be in his 70s now. i haven't seen him since i was a young child i know he moved to Yorkshire in the 60s n moved again to derbyshire in the early 70s, im very interested in any info of my farther or his family or even about that part of Ireland if anybody can help would be appreciated

Simon Kelly
My grandad was from Galway .and my dad was born in manchester.i want to vist galway

Don Hamilton
My grandmother maiden name was Kelly, she was born in Washington County, Kentucky. Her fathers name was Edward Dominic Kelly, his father was Daniel Kelly, his father was John Kelly. Daniel came to America from Ireland in the early 1800s. Daniel's father John and his wife remained in Ireland and are buried there. I have not been able to find out, where in Ireland or anything else about John or his wife Margaret J Cotton Kelly.

Brittany Kelly

Hi! I was looking at college application essays when I stumbled across a question that asked me to write about the origin of my last name. I'm sixteen, and I have to say, I've never really given this any thought. My dad is half-Filipino and half-Irish. His dad was Irish and served in the U.S. Air Force (a long tradition in my family) and met my grandmother in the Philippines. I don't know anything about my Irish roots, because my grandfather died before my parents even met, and my parents never talk about the past or family history. So, learning all of this stuff about my name was pretty cool.

Michael Kelly
Greetings fellow Kelly Clan Members ! I am told that we may also have French origins (however possibly as a result of close relations between Ireland and France way back). The family name Killy in France (or similar spelling) also exists.

Natalie Kelly
Hi my last name is Kelly aswell I am name after my dad is name is lee Kelly and I have never meet him I wood love to meet him I don't no much about him and is family

Donna Perfect
My 4x's Great Grandmother's name was Bridget Kelly. Her parents were Richard Kelly and Ellen or Catherine Dempsey from Cork County, Ireland. Bridget married John William Dempsey (records also show him as William John). Bridget and her family ported at Boston. I don't have much information on them. No brothers or sisters names. Bridget was born abt. 1836 or 1840.

Jamie Kelly
My dad is from Middlesbrough any one else?

Carolyn Kelly
I just luck up on this site. My father was George Kelly, Mother Frankie Lee Williams- Kelly both born in New Orleans, La. I don't know much about my father's family. He had a sister Name Margarite, and a brother known as Junior Kelly. My mother and father side of the family, all originated from some part of Louisiana. All of there children was born in La. Some spoke a little (broken) French. I've forgotten a lot over the years.