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KIELY Family History

Kiely is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O' Cadhla". The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male descendant of", plus the byname "Cadhla" meaning graceful or beautiful; hence, "descendant(s) of the graceful one". This name is chiefly found in the Munster counties of Waterford, Limerick and Cork. The variant spelling Keeley appears in Counties Galway and Wicklow, and Kealy is a County Kilkenny variant. The forms O' Quelly and Que(a)lly, recorded in Counties Clare and Waterford, in Petty's census, dated 1659 are accepted by Dr. Lynce in his "Cambrensis Eversus" as further Anglicizations of O' Cadhla - "O Cadhla sive (otherwise) Quaelly"...

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Terry Kaley

Hello, my last name here in Canada is Kaley and I have had a heck of a time trying to find that last name in Ireland. I did have a marriage record and census that gave me an idea where we are from in Ireland plus family stories. The only records I could find have our last name as Kiely so I am guessing it got changed somehow when my grgr-grandfated came to Canada. Our family was from Tipperary.

Teresa Kiely

I was adopted in the US at 6 months old. My birth mother's family was from Waterford in Ireland.

Sandra Kiely

I am a Kiely, living in co. Waterford. Ireland. My family are from Ballylaneen. Bonmahon area. My great gran aunt among others emigrated to New York. Many other Kiely’s to England and Australia. Looking for relations!!

Erin Barocio

My kiely side if the family came from rathmines, Dublin co. My great grand parents came to America in the 20s and 30s.. I would love to know if anyone has information on those Dublin kielys

Kathleen Cavana

Our Great Grandmother Christina Kiely was from Cork.

Christine kiely

I am try to find out where in Ireland the Kiely name came from I am planning a trip to Ireland latter in the year & would love to visit such areas


My GGgrandfather was Thomas J, Kiely, who married Catherine Sullivan in 1832 Kenware, Ireland. Their daughter, Catherine, married James Calihan in Holyoak, 1959. Their daughter, catherine, married Otto Schmidt in Belvidere, Il. Their daughter, Marion, was my mother.


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