O'Connell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Connell is O Conaill.

Early Origins of the O'Connell family

The surname O'Connell 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." [1]

Important Dates for the O'Connell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Connell 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'Connell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Connell Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the O'Connell family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including 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'Connell family (pre 1700)

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O'Connell migration to Canada

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name O'Connell or a variant listed above:

O'Connell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James O'Connell, aged 22, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Patrick O'Connell, aged 45, a teacher, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael O'Connell, aged 8, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Biddy O'Connell, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Daniel O'Connell, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'Connell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

O'Connell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John O'Connell, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [2]
  • William O'Connell, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Patrick O'Connell, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • Cornelius O'Connell, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [3]
  • Michael O'Connell, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

O'Connell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

O'Connell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary O'Connell, (b. 1843), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
  • Mr. Richard O'Connell, (b. 1845), aged 20, British printer travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
  • Cornelius O'Connell, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
  • Miss Margaret O'Connell, (b. 1850), aged 24, Irish servant from Waterford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Denis P. O'Connell, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Connell (post 1700)

  • Jeremiah "Jerry" O'Connell (b. 1974), American Young Artist Award winning actor, best known for his roles in the TV series Sliders and My Secret Identity
  • Charles "Charlie" O'Connell (b. 1975), American actor and reality television personality
  • Bill O'Connell (b. 1953), American jazz pianist and bandleader from New York City
  • Aaron Douglas O'Connell (b. 1981), American experimental quantum physicist, creator of the world's first quantum machine
  • Helen O'Connell (1920-1993), American singer, actress and dancer, member of the Jimmy Dorsey Band
  • Daniel P. O'Connell (1885-1977), American politician from New York
  • William Henry O'Connell, American Archbishop and Cardinal
  • Arthur O'Connell (1908-1981), Academy Award nominated American stage and film actor
  • Jerry O'Connell (b. 1974), American television and film actor
  • Thomas J. O'Connell (1882-1969), Irish trade unionist and politician
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'Connell family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Lulu  O'Connell (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [6]
  • Mrs. Kathleen  O'Connell (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Kathleen Weiss  O'Connell (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mrs. Nellie  O'Connell (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Master Herman W.  O'Connell (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. James F O'Connell (b. 1913), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Liverpool, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Patrick Denis O'Connell (d. 1912), aged 17, Irish Third Class passenger from Kingwilliamstown, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1857.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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