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The Conkey surname is derived from the personal name Robert. This name was originally came from the Old German words "hrod" and "behrt," which mean "fame" and "bright." It was introduced to Britain by the Normans during the time of Edward the Confessor, and became very popular. A large number of diminutives and pet-forms were derived from this name in early times.

Conkey Early Origins



The surname Conkey was first found in the county of Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they were descended from Einion Efell, Lord of Cynllateh, through Howell ap Iolyn of Llangedwyn, and were directly descended from Rhodri Mawr, King of Wales.

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Conkey Spelling Variations


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Conkey Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Conkey has occasionally been spelled Roberts, Robert, Robartes, Robarts and others.

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Conkey Early History


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Conkey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conkey research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1665, 1679, 1648, 1657, 1606, 1685, 1649, 1718, 1682, 1722, 1719, 1722 and are included under the topic Early Conkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conkey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conkey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was William Roberts (1585-1665), Welsh Bishop of Bangor; Richard Roberts, Sheriff of Cornwall; Michael Roberts (died 1679), Welsh-born, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1648 to 1657; John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor and Viscount Bodmin PC (1606-1685), an English politician; and...

Another 114 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conkey In Ireland


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Conkey In Ireland



Some of the Conkey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Conkey:

Conkey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phineas Conkey, aged 58, landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M. C. Conkey, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Jason" from Montego Bay, Jamaica [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B3-257 : 6 December 2014), M. C. Conkey, 08 Mar 1893; citing departure port Montego Bay, Jamaica, arrival port New York, ship name Jason, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Samuel Conkey, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61H-3PD : 6 December 2014), Saml. Conkey, 05 Oct 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Conkey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Y.F. Conkey, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Duca Degli Abruzzi" from Napoli, Italy [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JH-SMZ : 6 December 2014), Y.F. Conkey, 12 May 1921; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Duca Degli Abruzzi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Walter B. Conkey, aged 63, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62D-RN5 : 6 December 2014), Walter B. Conkey, 11 Oct 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Conkey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Conkey, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conkey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conkey (post 1700)



  • James Conkey, early American settler of Lockport, New York; his home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003
  • William Conkey (1717-1788), born William McConkey, American innkeeper, founder of Conkey's Tavern, Pelham, Massachusetts in 1758
  • Margaret W. Conkey (b. 1943), American archaeologist and academic
  • John A. Conkey, American baseball executive, President of the Boston Red Stockings of the National League in 1872

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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: Ewch ymlaen
Motto Translation: Go forward.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B3-257 : 6 December 2014), M. C. Conkey, 08 Mar 1893; citing departure port Montego Bay, Jamaica, arrival port New York, ship name Jason, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61H-3PD : 6 December 2014), Saml. Conkey, 05 Oct 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JH-SMZ : 6 December 2014), Y.F. Conkey, 12 May 1921; citing departure port Napoli, arrival port New York, ship name Duca Degli Abruzzi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62D-RN5 : 6 December 2014), Walter B. Conkey, 11 Oct 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Conkey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conkey 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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