The kelly family name was found in the usa the uk canada and scotland between 1840 and 1920 the most kelly families were found in the usa in 1880 in 1840 there were 519 kelly families living in new york. The surname kelly was first found in southwest ireland south of dublin where they held a family seat from very ancient times the kelly surname is conjecturally descended from king colla da crioch who died in 357 ad. Ancestrycom kelly surname explore over 13 million digitized records and database entries including census records passenger lists military records land deeds probates wills and other records for the kelly surname on the subscription based website ancestrycom. Irish surname kelly the surname kelly in ireland is derived from oceallaigh which is based on the popular personal name ceallach meaning either bright headed or troublesome the oceallaighs were a native gaelic sept located in counties galway meath wicklow antrim and sligo
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