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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 surname Connolly was first found in Connacht
, as well as County Monaghan
. There were three Gaelic septs whose name was Anglicized as Connolly: the O Conghalaigh sept (also known as O Conghaile) who lived in Connacht
and the adjacent County Monaghan; the O Coingheallaigh sept, which also used the alias Mac Coingheallaigh, were subordinate to the powerful O'Donovans and dwelled in West Cork in Munster; and another sept, related to the O'Maddens, resided in Connacht
and were of the Ui Maine.
Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Connolly are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Connolly, Conolly, Connally, O'Connolly, Connolley, Conally, Connelly, Conoley, Connaleigh, Connelay, Conley, Conlay, Conlaye and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connolly research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1591, 1660, 1729, 1738, 1803, 1750 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Connolly History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connolly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families
left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Connolly:
Connolly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Connolly settled in Virginia in 1773
- John Connolly settled in Maryland in 1776
Connolly Settlers in 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
Connolly Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Philip Connolly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Philip Connolly, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
Connolly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Edward Connolly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
- Bernard Connolly, aged 26, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
- Ellen Connolly, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
- Peter Connolly, aged 13, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
- Edward Connolly, aged 40, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
Connolly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Christopher Connolly, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Connolly, aged 20, Irish convict from Antrim, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on August 24, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- C. Connolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dawson" in 1839
- J. Connolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dawson" in 1839
- Thomas Connolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dawson" in 1839
Connolly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- W C Connolly landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1838
- Margaret Connolly, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stately" in 1851
- Michael Connolly, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
- Mary Connolly, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
- Mary Connolly, aged 4, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
- Thomas Joseph Connolly (1922-2015), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Baker in Oregon from 1971 to 1999
- Theodore William Connolly (1931-2014), former professional American football player for the San Francisco 49ers from 1954 to 1962 and Cleveland Browns in 1963
- James Brendan Bennet "Jamie" Connolly (1865-1957), Irish-born, American Olympic gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist athlete for the 1896 and 1900 games, as well he is an author
- Daniel Paul "Dan" Connolly (b. 1982), American NFL football guard and center for the New England Patriots
- Major-General Donald Hilary Connolly (1886-1969), American Deputy Army-Navy Liquidation Commissioner (1945-1946)
- 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
- Patrick "Paddy" Connolly (1927-2016), Irish lawyer, Attorney General of Ireland in 1982
- Eddie Connolly (1985-2015), Irish hurler who played for Tipperary (2011-2013)
- John Connolly O.P. (1750-1825), Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of New York (1814 until his death in 1825)
- James Connolly (1868-1916), Irish Labour leader and insurgent
- Mr. Richard Connolly (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
- Mr. Stephen Connolly, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Michael Connolly, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Catherine "Kate" Connolly (d. 1912), aged 35, Irish Third Class passenger from Bank Place, Tipperary who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Miss Katherine "Kate" Connolly, aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Cortrasna, Cavan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13
- James C. Connolly: Parents and Descendants, 1805-1974 by Nancy Christensen Manly.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- 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).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
- Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
The Connolly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Connolly 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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