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The surname Conley was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The line of the family name or sept Conley were descended through the name Connolly, Connelly, and Connell from McCarthy Mor (the Great), from Daologach, the King of Munster.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conley, Connolly, Connelly, Connell, Connall, Connally, Conelly, Conolly, Conlay, Conlaye, Conleigh and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conley research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1014 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Conley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Conley of Kittery in 1640, who took the oath of fidelity in 1652 and was Constable of the new colony from 1647 to 1650
  • Isabel Conley settled in Maryland in 1697

Conley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Conley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John Conley, who arrived in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829
  • Simon Conley, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • William Conley, aged 30, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1845
  • Catharine Conley, who landed in New York in 1847
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Conley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Conley, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • John Martin Conley, who arrived in Alabama in 1918

Conley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jane Conley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Philip Conley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rose Conley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Conley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Phillip Conley, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Luke Conley, aged 21, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833

Conley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • R.M. Conley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849

Conley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Conley a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
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  • William Henry Conley (1840-1897), American philanthropist and industrialist
  • Chip Conley (b. 1960), American hotelier, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • Robert Conley (1928-2013), American newspaper, television and radio reporter
  • Tom Clark Conley (b. 1943), American philologist, Lowell Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University
  • Darlene Conley (1934-2007), American actress, best known for her performance as Sally Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Darby Conley (b. 1970), American cartoonist, best known for the newspaper comic strip Get Fuzzy
  • Robert J. Conley (1940-2014), American Cherokee author, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas in 2007
  • William G. Conley (1866-1940), American politician, 18th Governor of West Virginia (1929 to 1933)
  • Tim Conley (b. 1958), American PGA professional golfer
  • Lige Conley (1897-1937), American silent film actor
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  • The Conley Family: Descendants of Nicholas by Jean A. Curran.
  • Conley-Connelly, Descendants of Thomas Connelly of Northern Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania by Frances Wise Waite.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non Sibi
Motto Translation: Not for himself.

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    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Conley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conley 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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