Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name O'connel is O Conaill.
Early Origins of the O'connel family
The surname O'connel was first found in County Limerick
where O'Connell was the chief of Hy-Cuilean, a territory south-east of Abbeyfeale, in the barony of Upper Connello near the borders of Cork and Kerry. The O'Connells had their chief residence in Castle Connell. In the twelfth century the O'Connells settled in Kerry. One reference claims that the O'Falvies, admirals of Desmond; the O'Connells, of Kerry; O'Sheas, chiefs of Muskerry, in Cork; and several other chiefs, claim descent from the Clan
na Deaga, Chiefs of Munster
, originally a branch of the Heremonians of Ulster
The Cannell variant is "a name peculiar to the Isle of Man, is from the Celtic MacConaill." CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early History of the O'connel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'connel research.Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1300, 1641, 1621, 1678, 1743, 1833, 1775 and 1826 are included under the topic Early O'connel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'connel Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland
, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name O'connel family name. Variations found include Connell, O'Connell, Cannell, Connall, Conell, Conall, Connill, Connull, Connel, Connal, Connul, Canell, Cannel, O'Connall, O'Conell and many more.
Early Notables of the O'connel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'connel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
O'connel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael O'Connel, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
O'connel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. James O'Connel, (b. 1843), aged 21, British printer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 CITATION[CLOSE]
New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html