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The original Gaelic form of the name Conaty is Óconnachtaigh. This name can be considered a place name as it indicates that its original bearer inhabited Connaught. The prefix O, meaning '"grandson of" indicates descent from the original bearer.

Conaty Early Origins



The surname Conaty was first found in County Donegal with the MacSweenys. That name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain in Argyll, Scotland. His descendants migrated to Ireland as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.'

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Conaty Spelling Variations


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Conaty Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name Conaty 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 Conaty, O'Conaty, Connaghty, Connoty, MacConaghy, MacConkey and many more.

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Conaty Early History


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Conaty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conaty research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 189 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Conaty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conaty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conaty Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Conaty 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



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Conaty: John McConaghty, age 26, who arrived in Quebec in 1834; Alexander McConaghy, who settled in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1844; Jas MacConnaghy, who arrived in New York City in 1811.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conaty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conaty (post 1700)



  • Richard B. "Rich" Conaty (b. 1954), American New York City disc jockey
  • Thomas James Conaty (1847-1915), American clergyman, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles from 1903–1915
  • Jack Conaty (b. 1946), American chief political correspondent for WFLD-TV in Chicago
  • Bill Conaty (b. 1973), former professional NFL American football player
  • Robert C. Conaty, American Republican politician, Candidate for judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1972
  • James P. Conaty, American politician, First Selectman of Derby, Connecticut, 1897-98
  • Dr. Nicholas Conaty (1820-1886), Irish Roman Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Kilmore
  • Roisin Conaty (b. 1979), British comedian, recipient of the Best Newcomer Award (2010)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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    The Conaty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conaty 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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