Conlen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Before Irish names were translated into English, Conlen had a Gaelic form of O Conallain or O Coinghiollan in Connacht; the name is O Caoindealbhain in Munster and Leinster. Connal or Connall is claimed to be a pet name for a sprout or little sprout; a term of affection or endearment.

Early Origins of the Conlen family

The surname Conlen was first found in Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Conlen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conlen research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1247, 1260, 1492, 1508, 1620, and 1695 are included under the topic Early Conlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Conlen Spelling Variations

Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Conlen revealed many variations, including Conlan, Conlin, Conlon, Connelen, Connelon, Connelan, O'Connelen, O'Conlan, O'Conlin, Connellon, Connellan and many more.

Early Notables of the Conlen family (pre 1700)

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Conlen migration to the United States

A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Conlen or one of its variants:

Conlen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Conlen, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Conlen (post 1700)

  • Bernard Harold "Bernie" Conlen (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1981 to 1986 for South Melbourne and West Adelaide


  1. ^ 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)
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