Kelley family crest

Kelley family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Kelley family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere and peaceful nature of the members of the Kelley family.

Azure (blue) - represents the family's legacy of truthfulness and loyalty.

Or (Gold) -  symbolizes the generosity shown by members of this respected family over the course of history.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Kelley family crest 

The Castle - represents safety, home and potentially the capture of a stronghold by ancient family members. It can also symbolize the honor of commanding a stronghold in favour of a King in medieval or middle ages.

The rampant lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, these are among the most desirable and respected symbols on all family crests.

The crown - signifies authority either in relation to royalty of seniority.

The dog/hound - symbolizes the loyal and courageous nature of family members.


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Origins of the Kelley family name

The Kelley family name is derived from the Old English word for "clearing" or "meadow." The name was first used in the 12th century, and it is thought to be of Irish origin.

The Kelley family name is of Irish origin, and is derived from the Gaelic "ceallach", meaning "warlike" or "strife".
The Kelley's were a sept of the O'Neill clan, and were based in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. The clan traces its origins back to Niall of the Nine Hostages, a 5th century Irish king.
The Kelley's were a prominent and powerful family in Ireland for centuries, and held the title of Earl of Clanmalier.


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Summary of the Kelley family and the Kelley family crest

  • The Kelley surname is predominantly of Irish origin.
  • The name is derived from the Old Gaelic word "ceallach' meaning "warlike" or "strife".
  • The Kelley clan was one of the most powerful families in Ireland during the medieval period.
  • The first recorded use of the Kelley surname dates back as far as year 1185.
    The clan's territory was located in the modern day province of Munster in the southwest of Ireland.
  • The Kelley clan was involved in many bloody conflicts with other Irish clans during the Middle Ages.
  • The most famous member of the clan was Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who led a rebellion against the English Crown in the late 1500s.
  • The Kelley clan was nearly wiped out in the aftermath of the rebellion, with many of its members fleeing to Great Britain and other parts of Europe.
  • The first recorded use of the Kelley surname in America was in 1637.
  • In the 17th century, the family is believed to have lost much of their power and land due to the conflicts that became known as the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
  • Their lands further declined in the subsequent Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.
  • Many of the family fled Ireland permanently after these occurrences and it is from this era that the name began to spread internationally and in the early United States.