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All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Conaway 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.

Conaway Early Origins



The surname Conaway was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, and Connacht.

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Conaway Spelling Variations


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Conaway Spelling Variations



Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Conaway include Conway, Conboy, Convey, O'Conway, McConway and others.

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Conaway Early History


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Conaway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conaway 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 Conaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conaway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conaway Early Notables (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 Conaway 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



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Conaway were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Conaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Aaron Conaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry Conaway, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Eliz Conaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • William Conaway, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Joseph Conaway, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Conaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Conaway, who landed in Long Island in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conaway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conaway (post 1700)



  • John Wesley Conaway (1843-1913), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War
  • John B. Conaway (b. 1934), retired U.S. Air Force officer who served as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau in Washington
  • Frank M. Conaway Jr., American politician
  • Cristi Conaway (b. 1964), American actress and fashion designer
  • Herb Conaway (b. 1963), American Democratic Party politician
  • Kenneth Michael "Mike" Conaway (b. 1948), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (2005-)
  • Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway (1950-2011), American actor, best known for his roles in the movie Grease and two US television series, Taxi and Babylon 5
  • K. Michael Conaway (b. 1948), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 11th District, 2005-
  • Mary W. Conaway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1999
  • Paul L. Conaway, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1968
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.


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Conaway Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The Conaway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conaway 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.

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