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Kelley Name History

Kelley Irish Coat of Arms


The name, 'Kelley,' has numerous origins. In some cases it is derived from place names located in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. In other cases it is derived from patronyms (names based on the father's or grandfather's name) in the Irish language. The first appearance of the name Kelley in Ireland was south of the city of Dublin. Some believe that the name is derived from the Irish king, Colla da Crioch, d. 357 CE.

Variant spellings of the Irish surname Kelley include Kelly, Kellie, O'Kelley, O'Kelly, O'Kellia and many others.

Find out more details about the Kelley coat of arms

You can learn more details about the Kelley surname through the Framed Irish Family Name History product (#1760). We also offer other Kelley coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. See them all on our Irish Coat of Arms page.

Finding a Kelley Pub in Ireland

In Cobh, in County Cork, you can visit Kelley's Irish Pub and toast the Kelley clan. If you can't visit in person, our personalized pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Kelley

  • Abby Kelley (1811-–1887), Quaker abolitionist and social reformer; mentor of Susan B. Anthony
  • Alton Kelley an American artist
  • Ann Kelley, British writer
  • Augustine B. Kelley (1883-–1957), US Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Clarence M. Kelley (1911-–1977)
  • David Kelley (born 1949), American objectivist philosopher
  • David E. Kelley (born 1956), American television writer and producer
  • Dean M. Kelley (1927–-1977), American author and religious freedom advocate
  • DeForest Kelley (1920-–1999), actor, famous for Star Trek
  • Edward Kelley (1555-–1597), alchemist and spirit medium, possible creator of Enochian
  • Florence Kelley (1859-–1932), social/consumer safety/civil rights activist
  • Francis Kelley (1870-–1948), American Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Geoffrey Kelley (born 1955), Canadian politician
  • Harold Kelley, psychologist
  • Harold Kelley (rugby league), Australian rugby league footballer
  • Homer Kelley (1907–1983), American golf instructor
  • Jack Kelley, disgraced American journalist
  • Jacquelyn Kelley (1926-–1988), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Jill Kelley (born 1975), American socialite and volunteer military liaison; connected with 2012 scandals involving Generals David Petraeus and John R. Allen, as well as the FBI
  • Joseph James Kelley (1871-–1943), American baseball player
  • John L. Kelley (1916-–1999), mathematician
  • Johnny Kelley (1907-–2004), American long-distance runner
  • Josh Kelley, singer/songwriter
  • Kevin Daniel Kelley, American drummer with The Byrds
  • Kitty Kelley (born 1942), American journalist and author
  • Mike Kelley (artist) (1954-2012), American artist
  • Mike Kelley (baseball) (1875-–1955), American baseball player and manager in the minor leagues
  • Mike Kelley (American football), American football quarterback for San Diego Chargers
  • Oliver Hudson Kelley (1826-–1913)
  • Paul X. Kelley (born 1928), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • William "Pig-Iron" Kelley (1814–-1890), Quaker abolitionist, US Congressman from Pennsylvania

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