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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Irish McConkey family come from? What is the Irish McConkey family crest and coat of arms? When did the McConkey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McConkey family history?

The original Gaelic form of the name McConkey is Óconnachtaigh. This name can be considered a place name as it indicates that its original bearer inhabited Connaught. The prefix O, meaning '"grandson of" indicates descent from the original bearer.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Conaty, O'Conaty, Connaghty, Connoty, MacConaghy, MacConkey and many more.

First found in County Donegal with the MacSweenys. That name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain in Argyll, Scotland. His descendants migrated to Ireland as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.'


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConkey research. Another 363 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 189 and 1893 are included under the topic Early McConkey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McConkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McConkey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander McConkey, who landed in New England in 1718
  • John McConkey, who landed in New England in 1718

McConkey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas McConkey, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • George McConkey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Patrick McConkey, who arrived in Mississippi in 1899

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  • Edwin H. McConkey (b. 1931), American biologist
  • Phil McConkey (b. 1957), American former NFL football player
  • Tony McConkey (b. 1963), American politician from Maryland
  • Shane McConkey (1969-2009), Canadian professional skier, recipient of the 2001 ESPN Action Sport Awards Skier of the Year
  • Thomas David McConkey (1815-1890), Irish-born Canadian businessman and political figure


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  2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The McConkey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McConkey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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