This book focuses on the family name O’Kelly and the many variations thereof. It is the second most common surname in Ireland and is the anglicized version coming from O’Ceallaigh.
Early Irish people did not use surnames instead they used their own given names, followed by their father's name and then followed by their grandfather's name. By the tenth century the population had increased so much that a new system was required.
Some people used their grandfather's name as a surname thus being Ua Ceallaigh which became O'Kelly. Others used their father's name as a surname thus Mac Ceallaigh ('Mac' meaning 'son of').
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Date of Publication: 01/01/2003