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


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

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.


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.


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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

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, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • Luke Conley, aged 21, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, NB 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


  • 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



  • 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.

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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  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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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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