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Kiely and Variants

Kiely and variant surnames
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The Kiely and Variants Surname Project was establish and is maintained for the benefit of those related for the study and comparison of results for those who are members.

Members might have researched their surname on the internet and noted a number of write ups.  This link provides one of the better write ups for Kiely and variants.

http://www.irishsurnames.com/cgi-bin/gallery.pl?name=kiely&capname=Kiely&letter=k

John Grenham has one of the best overall research sites on Ireland genealogy and resources.  It has a few free seaches then a paywall.

https://www.johngrenham.com/findasurname.php?surname=kiely&search_type=variants

Surname Dictionary

Kealy numerous: Leinster generally, Dublin. Ir. Ó Caollaidhe (Caollaí). A sept of Kilkenny but also possibly Ó Céile who belonged to Meath-Louth. See Queally and Kiely. MIF.
Keeley fairly numerous: N Leinster, S Ulster, Galway-Mayo etc. Ir. Ó Caollaidhe, Ó Céile. See Kealy but those of Connacht may be Ó CadhlaMIF.
Keily rare: Cork etc. Ir. Ó Cadhla, but see Kiely.
Kiely Very numerous: Cork-Waterford-S Limerick etc. Ir. Ó Cadhla (graceful). MacLysaght discusses this name at some length in More Irish Families.
Kiley Very rare: Antrim. See Kiely.
Ó Cadhla Kiely: líonmhar sa Mhumhain. Bhí dhá chlann: Iar-Chonnachta agus Tuadhmhumhain ach is i bPort Lairge & Luimneach is mó atáid anois. Measctha go mór le Ó Caollaí, q.v. Is ionann cadhla agus sciamhach, cruthúil.MIF.
Ó Caollaidhe (1) Kealy, (2) Queally: tá (1) líonmhar i Laighin & Connachta; baineann (2) le Cill Chainnigh & Port Lairge. Ach bhí an chlann sa i Osraí ar dtús. Tá meascadh ins na leagain galldaithe le Ó Cadhla agus Ó Céile. Litriú nua: Ó Caollaí.IF &MIF.
Ó Céile Kealy, Keeley: líonmhar i Laighin agus Doire ach measctha le Ó Caollaí & Ó Cadhla. Bhí siad ina n-airchinnigh ag an dTulach, Ceatharlach, tráth, agus dream eile ag Baile Shláine sa Mhí. Brí: céile = compánach nó seirbhíseach.MIF & SGG.
O'Kiely Very rare: Athy (Kildare). Ir. Ó Cadhla. See Kiely.