All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Comwy is O Conbhuidhe or O Connmhachain. The former of these names likely comes from the Gaelic word "condmach," while the latter probably comes from "cu buidhe." Conway is also an Anglicization of the names Mac Conmheadha or Mac Connmhaigh.
Early Origins of the Comwy family
The surname Comwy was first found in Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, and Connacht.
Early History of the Comwy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comwy research.Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1300, 1st , 1564, 1631, 1623, 1628, 1631, 1594, 1655, 1st , 1623, 1683, 1681, 1683, 1586, 1623, 1631, 1679, 1st , 1630, 1669, 1661 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Comwy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comwy Spelling Variations
The search for the origins of the name Comwy family name revealed numerous spelling variations
. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Conway, Conboy, Convey, O'Conway, McConway and others.
Early Notables of the Comwy family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Edward Conway, 1st Viscount Conway PC
(1564-1631), an English soldier and statesman, Secretary of State in 1623, Lord President of the Council (1628-1631); his son, Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway PC
(1594-1655), an English politician, military commander and peer; and his son, Edward... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comwy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comwy family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Comwy: Edwin Conway of Worcestershire
, who settled in the year 1645 in Virginia. From him was descended Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington.
The Comwy Motto
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: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.