You have a name that a number of Kennelly men appear to have had over the ages. Our family comes from the northeast corner of County Kerry and northwest corner of County Limerick....Ballylongford, Listowel, and Tarbert.
The Kennelly family was the main family in the northwest region of Limerick until dispossessed of their lands in the 1200s by the Norman family, the Fitzgeralds. (I think the Viking invasions weakened the tribe over the centuries before this happened. They also had some trouble with Brian Boru's tribe too.) They appear to have been dispersed but a number lived in NE Kerry. The Kenn part of the name means head or chief while the last part means wise or learned. I have read that it could mean wolf head or head of the wolf tribe. Just some possibilities.
The family crest has a white stag looking to the left on a red background. I have seen two different mottos so I don't know which one is true but I have Vir Super Hostem on our crest here. It means "A man above his enemy."
The family seems to have a number of members in the Ballylongford region in the 1400s.
My family came in 1847 and separated from some cousins who went up the Ottawa River to Renfrew County. They have Martins in their family. Another family of Kennelly's lived in the Peterborough region of Ontario. They arrived in the 1820s. Martin Kennelly, the mayor of Chicago in the 1950s, was a descendant of Kennellys from Ballylongford so I am told.
There are about 5000 Kennelly families in North America with spellings such as Kennelly, Kenelly, Kenely, Knally,
Kinnally, Kenneally, Keneally, Kenealy, etc.
I have done some research (only from published books, nothing extensive) on the early tribal origins of the family. I don't know if you are interested in that.
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