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Early Origins of the Conder family

The surname Conder was first found in Cornwall in the parish of St. Clement's.

"In this town, says Hals, is that well known place called Con-or Con-dura. From which place, in all probability, was denominated Cundor or Conder, in Latin Condorus, Earl of Cornwall, at the time of the Norman Conquest, who perhaps lived or was born here. And moreover, the inhabitants of this church town and the neighbourhood will tell you by tradition from age to age, that here once dwelt a great lord and lady Condura. This Condorus, as our historians tell us, submitted to the Conqueror's jurisdiction in 1066, paid homage for his earldom, and took an oath of fealty to him. But this account has not the appearance of truth; for most certain it is, he in the third year of the Conqueror's reign, was deprived of his earldom, the same being given to Robert Earl of Moreton, whose son succeeded him in that dignity. But be this as it may, it is certain that this Condorus had a son named Caddock, by some called Condorus the second, whose chief residence was at Inceworth, near Millbrook. This Caddock died in the year 1120, and his remains now lie in the chancel of St. Stephen's Church, near Saltash." [1]

Another source claims the family was from Shropshire (Salop) where they were Lords of the Manor at Condover. In this case, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands and large village of Condover were held by Earl Roger and Roger Venator who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [2]

Early History of the Conder family

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Conder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conder, Condor, Conter, Condar and others.

Early Notables of the Conder family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Conder of Salop

Conder Ranking

In the United States, the name Conder is the 10,247th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Conder migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Pieter Conder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [4]
Conder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Conder, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • J Conder, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Canada Conder migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Conder, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Conder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Conder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Conder, (Condor), (b. 1824), aged 27, Irish farm labourer from Tipperary who was convicted in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Conder migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Conder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Conder, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Harriet Conder, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Mary H. Conder, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • William Joseph Conder, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Walter John Conder, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Conder (post 1700) +

  • Rear Admiral Maxine Conder (1926-2021), United States Navy rear admiral who served as Director of the United States Navy Nurse Corps from 1975 to 1979
  • C. L. Conder, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [6]
  • John Conder D.D. (1714-1781), English Independent minister at Cambridge who later became President of the Independent College, Homerton [7]
  • James Conder (1761-1823), English businessman and numismatist who gave the name to Conder Tokens and because of the coincidence of an ancient hoard of coins found ten feet under his doorstep when his house was demolished [7]
  • Charles Edward Conder (1868-1909), English-born, Australian painter and was a key figure in the Heidelberg School
  • Peter Conder OBE (1919-1993), British ornithologist and conservationist
  • Marston Donald Edward Conder (b. 1955), New Zealand mathematician, a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Auckland University, fellow of the New Zealand Mathematical Society and of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Claude Reignier Conder (1848-1910), British soldier, explorer and antiquarian
  • Josiah Conder (1852-1920), noted British architect who worked as a foreign advisor to the government of Meiji period Japan
  • Clifford Conder Barker (1926-2017), British Anglican prelate, Bishop of Selby (1983–1991)

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook