Origin of the Name Coakley
The origin of the name Coakley
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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 Coakley
include McKehilly, Colclough and Kehilly. Coakley is the modern spelling of MacKeighley, which is Mac Caochlaoich in Irish . The family were recorded as followers of Florence MacCarthy in the year 1584. In the 1659 Census we find the names MacKeighley and Coakley, this latter form being a more recent variant. Another corruption of the name is Colclough and they were well established in County Wexford from the sixteenth century. An Anthony Colclough acquired Tintern Abbey in the year 1575. Sir Vesey Colclough of Tintern Abbey was in France at the time of the revolution and he supported that cause. In the nineteenth century the family was still in possession of Tintern Abbey, an estate of 13,000 acres in County Wexford in the South-East of the country.
The Coakley 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 Coakley descendants.