Origin of the Name Kiely
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Kiely
include Queally, Kealy, Keeley, Keily and Kelly. This Gaelic Sept were called O'Cadhla, which is derived from a word meaning 'graceful'. Many Kiely descendants may ultimately originate from the Gaelic King Ceallach from whom the famous Kelly septs are derived. They had many different septs, some of which were O'Kelly of Ui Maine, O'Kelly of Breagh, O'Kelly of Ulster and many others that came from the midlands. O'Kelly of Ui Maine was the most outstanding of all these, and there are authentic pedigrees of their Chiefs from the earliest of times to the present day. In 1351 the O'Kelly Chief invited all the musicians and poets to spend Christmas with him, a gesture which originated the expression 'O'Kelly's Welcome'. Grace of Monaco was a Kelly from America where there are now more Kellys and Kielys than in Ireland . The name Kiely itself is now often used as a variant of Keeley and can be found mostly in Counties Waterford and Limerick .
The Kiely coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Kiely descendants.