Conacher is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland
. It was given to someone who lived on the lands of Stewart of Atholl. Anciently, they were known as Clan
Donnachaidh, coming from the Gaelic name Donnachadh Reamhar, or Duncan the Stout, one of the Celtic Earls of Atholl. Most of the Clan
took on the name Robertson, which comes from the personal name
of 15th century Clan
chief Robert Riach.
Early Origins of the Conacher family
The surname Conacher was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Conacher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conacher research.Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Conacher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Conacher Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Conacher has been spelled Robertson, Conachie, Conaghy, Conacher, Conaghy, Conchie, Donnachie, Donachie and many more.
Early Notables of the Conacher family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Conacher family to Ireland
Some of the Conacher family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Conacher family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Conacher or a variant listed above:
Conacher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Conacher, who settled in Maryland in 1716
Conacher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- C. Conacher, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838
Conacher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Daniel Conacher, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Conacher (post 1700)
- Pete Conacher (b. 1932), retired Canadian ice hockey player
- Patrick John Conacher (b. 1959), retired Canadian ice hockey forward
- Cory Conacher (b. 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger
- Roy Gordon Conacher (1916-1984), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger inducted into the Hall of Fame (1998)
- Brian Kennedy Conacher (b. 1941), Canadian professional ice hockey player and hockey broadcaster
- Charles William "The Big Bomber" Conacher (1909-1967), Canadian NHL ice hockey player, inductee into the Hall of Fame (1961)
- Lionel Conacher (1901-1954), Canadian athlete, who played professional (NHL) hockey, professional (CFL) football as well as minor league baseball, soccer, lacrosse, track, amateur boxing, and was also a member of Parliament (1949-54)
- Jim Conacher (b. 1921), retired Canadian ice hockey forward
The Conacher 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: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.
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