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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Conerly is O Conghalaigh, O Conghaile, or O Coingheallaigh.


The surname Conerly was first found in Connacht and Munster, as well as County Monaghan in Leinster. There were three Gaelic septs whose name was Anglicized as Connolly: the O Conghalaigh sept (also known as O Conghaile) who lived in Connacht and the adjacent County Monaghan; the O Coingheallaigh sept, which also used the alias Mac Coingheallaigh, were subordinate to the powerful O'Donovans and dwelled in West Cork in Munster; and another sept, related to the O'Maddens, resided in Connacht and were of the Ui Maine.

Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Conerly that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Connolly, Conolly, Connally, O'Connolly, Connolley, Conally, Connelly, Conoley, Connaleigh, Connelay, Conley, Conlay, Conlaye and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conerly research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1591, 1660, 1729, 1738, 1803, 1750 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Conerly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conerly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Conerly, or one of its variants:

Conerly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Conerly, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892

Conerly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Teresa Conerly, aged 18, who landed in America from Miltonmally, Ireland, in 1908
  • Mary Conerly, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Patrick Conerly, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Co Cavan, Ireland, in 1910
  • Maggie Conerly, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Conerkill, Ireland, in 1913
  • Martin Conerly, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1917

  • Perian Conerly (b. 1926), American sportswriter, first female sportswriter in the National Sportswriters' Association
  • Charles Albert "Charlie" Conerly Jr. (1921-1996), American NFL football quarterback for the New York Giants from 1948 through 1961, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966

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    The Conerly Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Conerly 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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