My grandmother, Nancy, has an interest in the family tree and I must find out some detail for you all.I always thought that Kealy was a rare name til I got onto the net!!Couldn't believe there was a Kealy.com or that there are so many Kealys out there.
We are Brit Kealys, not sure of our original area, nor how far back we can read our tree.I know we have twins called William and Henrietta somewhere back there.
Anyway - the Caley/Kealy story involves a family called Caley, back in the mid/late 1800's (I think).The story goes that the mother of the family died and the father started going out with, and then married, an actress.Now, I think that actresses back then were not quite as well-beloved as they are now and the son of the family, outraged at his father marrying well below his supposed level, disowned his father and changed the C to a K and shuffled the rest of the letters in order to fully distance himself from the disgrace.Hence, Kealy.
My grandmother is certain of this, and sadly it means that we cannot trace the family back very far.I am going to carry on looking on this site and try to find a link with one of you lot out there.
In the mean time, you may want to look up a very famous Kealy, Mike, who was in the British Army, in the SAS and served at a Battle called Mirbat in the Oman in the 1970's.Sadly he is now dead, however, the story is fantastic, and should make you be doubly proud to carry this fine surname.He was my Dad.