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Kelly Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant of Ceallach’, an ancient Irish personal name, originally a byname meaning ‘bright-headed’, later understood as ‘frequenting churches’ (Irish ceall). There are several early Irish saints who bore this name. Kelly is now the most common of all Irish family names in Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kielty, Keady, Delay, Pelly, Reilly, Keary, Kell, Lello, Kelley

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Kelly Family Origin

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Kelly Family Occupations

What did your Kelly ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kelly family was Farm Laborer. The most common Kelly occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Kelly's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kelly.

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kelly ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kelly Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Kelly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Kelly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Kelly. For the veterans among your Kelly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kelly Life Expectancy

What is the average Kelly lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kelly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kelly in 1940 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kelly

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kelly ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
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Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
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