5,574 O'kelly members around the world
O'kelly Family HistoryKelly is a first name and a surname which originates in Ireland, England and Scotland. The Irish surname originated as a patronymic surname, with the prefix ? ("grandchild", or "male descendant") and the suffix Ceallach ("strife", or "contention"), an Old Gaelic clan name, ? Ceallaigh (anglicisized as "O'Kelly"). One of the more prominent families of the name came from the kingdom of U? Maine in Connacht. Today the surname Kelly is the 2nd most common family name in Ireland, the surname Murphy being the most common.
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous O'kelly (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the O'kelly tribe
- Find your O'kelly ancestor
- Tell us about your O'kelly Family
- Tell us about your O'kelly ancestors
- Ask a question about the O'kelly history
- Leave a message for O'kelly family members
Invite more O'kelly family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the O'kelly tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest
Discover about where the O'kelly live around the world
Explore where tribe members live today!