Kelly family page
Numerous people with this common English and Irish surname have settled in Jersey. This page includes a link to an interesting Irish military family which moved to the island in the 19th century
Detail from a Jacques Tissot painting of Kathleen Kelly
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From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.
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Origins of surname
The name may have Irish, Scottish or English orgins. It is, of course, possible that it developed separately in all three countries in the dim, distant past, for it is a very old surname. The suggested Irish derivation is from the old Gaelic name "O'Ceallaigh". The name may also come from the lands of Kelly, near Arbroath, derived from the Gaelic coille for wood or grove, or from the Devonshire village recorded as 'Kelli' in the 1194 Pipe Rolls, also from the Gaelic for 'grove'.
The name made its first appearance in Jersey church registers in 1793 with the baptism of William son of John Kelly and Catherine, in St Brelade.
- Kelly baptisms in Jersey
- Kelly marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Kelly marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Kelly burials in Jersey
These wills created by members of the Kelly family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Patrick Kelly 25 February 1853 - D/Y/A/28
- Margaret Kelly née O'Connor, 78 New Street, St Helier - 22 April 1942, D/Y/A/109
- Thomas Kelly, 2 Hautbois Terrace, St Helier - 8 October 1913, D/Y/A/72
- Patrick Kelly, 5 Parade Square, Cannon Street, St Helier - 6 August 1910, D/Y/A/69
- Elizabeth Kelly, widow of James Murphy - 21 April 1944, D/Y/A/112
- Alice Kelly, wife of Thomas Charles Silvester, 4 Peirson Road, St Helier - 26 March 1943, D/Y/A/110
Great War service
- Thomas Kelly, Private in Royal Jersey Garrison Battalion
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Since August 2020 we have added several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form