Keeley comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Caollaidhe meaning “descendant of Caollaidhe”, Caollaidhe derived from caol meaning “slender, thin”.
It’s also possible that Keeley could be a variant of Keighley, an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Keighley (which is pronounced keeth-lee; Forvo), made up of Old English personal name Cyhha, of unknown meaning, and lēah (woodland, clearing).
Keeley could also be an Americanized spelling of German surname Kiechle or Kiechler, an occupational name for someone who worked as a pastry cook, from Old High German kuoche (cake) deriving from a PIE root word.
Origin: Proto-Celtic; Proto-Indo-European
Meaning: “slender, thin”; or “Cyhha’s clearing”; or an occupational name for someone who worked as a pastry cook
- Keely (English)
- Keeleigh (English)
- Kealey (English)
- Kaylee (English)