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O’Kelly, ó Ceallaigh

A Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Ceallach, which personal name meant ‘bright-headed’.

The personal name could be male or female, however it was more common as a male name.

A sept of Uí Mhaine, a branch of the Oirghialla of Ulster, they were a most powerful family in Connacht and ruled over an extensive territory in Galway and Roscommon.

A sept who were lords of Breagh, an extensive district comprising a large part of Meath and north Dublin, they were a branch of the southern Uí Néill.

A sept of Cineál Eachach in the barony of Loughinsholin now part of Derry.

A sept of Leighe now Lea in Laois.

A sept of Magh Drúchtain in Laois.

A sept of Gallen in Laois.

A sept of Uí Théigh in the north of the present Wicklow.

A sept of Ard ó gCeallaigh in the parish of Templeboy in Sligo.

A sept of Corcu Lóighdhe in south-west Cork.

In 1890 Kelly was the second most numerous name in Ireland; the estimated number of bearers was 55,900, and it was the most numerous surname in Galway, Kildare, Offaly and Leitrim. In that year the surname was found in every County in Ireland. It was chiefly found in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Cork.

In the United States Kelly is the 74th most numerous surname with an estimated 280,500 bearers, Kelley is the 198th most numerous surname wth an estimated 143,000 bearers, and O’Kelley is the 7,187th most numerous surname with an estimated 5,500 bearers. It is numerous in the state of New York.

In England and Wales in 1996 Kelly was the 52nd most numerous surname.

In Scotland in 1995 Kelly was the 38th most numerous surname.

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Ancient territories

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Evolution of Irish surnames 4

Chapter 3 Anglicisation of Irish surnames 6

Chapter 4 Surname groups 10

Chapter 5 Distribution and frequency of surnames 13

Hundred most numerous surnames in Ireland 17

Chapter 6 Surnames in England, Wales and Scotland 18

Hundred most numerous surnames in England and Wales 22

Hundred most numerous surnames in Scotland 23

Chapter 7 Surnames in the United States 24

Most numerous Irish surnames in United States 25

Thousand most numerous surnames in United States 30

Main text Surnames in Ireland 37


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Chapter 6 Tithe Composition and Applotment Books 16

Chapter 7 National Library of Ireland 18

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Chapter 10 Offices of the Registrar-General’s 30

Chapter 11 Registry of Deeds 33

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Chapter 14 Surnames in Ireland 51

Chapter 15 Distribution of surnames 53

Chapter 16 Hundred most numerous surnames 57


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The English Parliamentary Government ordered a survey of the ownership of land in Ireland, following the defeat of the Irish in the Rising of 1641. This was in order that the war that had been waged in Ireland could be paid for with Irish land.

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Genealogical Tracts I

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