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Where did the Irish Connolly family come from? When did the Connolly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Connolly family history?While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Connolly is O Conghalaigh, O Conghaile, or O Coingheallaigh.
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached the general citizenry. Research into the name Connolly revealed spelling variations, including Connolly, Conolly, Connally, O'Connolly, Connolley, Conally, Connelly, Conoley, Connaleigh, Connelay, Conley, Conlay, Conlaye and many more.
First found in the county of Monaghan, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connolly research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1660, 1729, 1738, 1750, 1803, and 1825 are included under the topic Early Connolly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Connolly:
Connolly Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- John Connolly settled in Virginia in 1773
- John Connolly settled in Maryland in 1776
Connolly Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- William Connolly, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
- James Connolly, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1813
- William J Connolly, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Edward Connolly, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Henry Connolly, who landed in New York in 1822
- Maureen Connolly (1934-1969), American tennis player
- Maureen Catherine "Little Mo" Connolly (1934-1969), American tennis player who was the first woman to win all four Grand Slam tournaments during the same calendar year
- Major-General Donald Hilary Connolly (1886-1969), American Deputy Army-Navy Liquidation Commissioner (1945-1946)
- Patrick Connolly, former Attorney General of Ireland
- James Connolly (1868-1916), Irish Labour leader and insurgent
- Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), English essayist, critic and novelist
- Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian
- Cyril Vernon Connolly (1903-1974), English author and journalist
- William "Billy" Connolly (b. 1942), Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor
- Philip George Connolly (1899-1970), New Zealand politician of the Labour Party and Minister of Defence from 1957 to 1960
- James C. Connolly: Parents and Descendants, 1805-1974 by Nancy Christensen Manly.
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