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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
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.
The surname McConkey was 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.'
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McConkey are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Conaty, O'Conaty, Connaghty, Connoty, MacConaghy, MacConkey and many more.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early McConkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McConkey or a variant listed above, including:
McConkey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McConkey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McConkey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
McConkey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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