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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Conard originally appeared in Gaelic as O Conchobhair, derived from the personal name Conchobhar.

Conard Early Origins



The surname Conard was first found in Connacht. There were six different septs of this famous name scattered throughout Ireland, of which four continue to boast many members. However, the most important O'Connors were those of Connacht, divided into three main branches: O'Conor Don; O'Conor Roe; and O'Conor Sligo. The Connacht O'Connors were direct descendants of Conchobhar, King of Connacht, who died in 971 AD. Furthermore, this family produced the last two High Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1196). It was the invasion of Leinster by Roderick O'Conner on behalf of the Prince of West Brefney that caused the King of Leinster, Dermod MacMorough, to flee to England for aid. This resulted in the Strongbow Invasion of 1168, the beginning of English domination over Ireland. Despite remaining stubbornly Catholic, the O'Connor family continued to maintain their elite position among the Irish nobility throughout the entire period of British dominance.

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Conard Spelling Variations


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Conard 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 Conard family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Connor, Conner, Conor, Connors, O'Connor, Connores, Conner, Connar, Connars, O'Connar, O'Conner, Connair, Connairs, Connaire, Connaires, Cawner, Cawners, Caunnor, Cauner, Cauners and many more.

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Conard Early History


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Conard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conard research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1641, 1652, 1710, 1791, 1838, 1906, 1763 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Conard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Cabrach O'Conor and Hugh O'Connor, son and grandson of O'Conor Don, took a prominent part in the 1641-1652 wars; Turlough O'Connor of Connacht, High...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Conard family in North America:

Conard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Georges Conard, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mary B. Conard, aged 71, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Mary C. Conard, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Sarah Conard, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Francis P. Conard, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Conard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nicolas Conard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conard (post 1700)



  • Edward W. "Ed" Conard (b. 1957), American businessman and author, former Managing Director for Bain Capital, LLC
  • Grant Conard (1867-1919), American Republican politician from California, Mayor of San Diego (19091911)
  • Henry Shoemaker Conard (1874-1971), American leading authority on bryophytes and water lilies awarded the American leading authority on bryophytes and water lilies awarded the "Eminent Ecologist Award" from the Ecological Society of America in 1954
  • Samuel C. Conard, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, 1869-71
  • John J. Conard, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly 9th District, 1975
  • John J. Conard, American Republican politician, Speaker of the Kansas State House of Representatives, 1967-68
  • John Conard (1773-1857), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1813-15; District Judge in Pennsylvania
  • Frederick U. Conard Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 1st District, 1965
  • C. C. Conard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1924
  • A. L. Conard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1928

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Motto


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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: O Dhia gach an cabhair
Motto Translation: From God Every Help


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Conard Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Conard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 February 2016 at 10:05.

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