Conahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Conahan surname comes from a proud and ancient past. The name Conahan appeared originally in Gaelic as O Connachtain.
Early Origins of the Conahan family
The surname Conahan was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Important Dates for the Conahan family
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Conahan Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Conahan were encountered in the archives: Cunigan, Conigan, Cunnigan, Conaghan, Conaughan, O'Cunigan, O'Conaghan, Connaghan, Connaughan, Kinneghan, Kinnegan and many more.
Early Notables of the Conahan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Conahan family
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Conahan: Bernard, Hugh, James, and Michael Conaghan, Cornelius, Edward, Hugh, and William Conahan, Cormack and John Connaghan, Patrick Connahan, and Henry Coninghan, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1865.
Contemporary Notables of the name Conahan (post 1700)
- James "Jim" Conahan, American illustrator from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, recipient of the Print magazine Award of Design Excellence
- Joseph B. Conahan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, 1962 
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