Conley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Conley family

The surname Conley was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The line of the family name or sept Conley were descended through the name Connolly, Connelly, and Connell from McCarthy Mor (the Great), from Daologach, the King of Munster.

Early History of the Conley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conley research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1014 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Conley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Conley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conley, Connolly, Connelly, Connell, Connall, Connally, Conelly, Conolly, Conlay, Conlaye, Conleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Conley family (pre 1700)

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United States Conley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Abraham Conley of Kittery in 1640, who took the oath of fidelity in 1652 and was Constable of the new colony from 1647 to 1650
  • Isabel Conley, who settled in Maryland in 1697
Conley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Conley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • John Conley, who arrived in Aranzazu or Copano, Tex in 1829 [1]
  • Simon Conley, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [1]
  • William Conley, aged 30, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1845 [1]
  • Catharine Conley, who landed in New York in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Conley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Conley, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [1]
  • John Martin Conley, who arrived in Alabama in 1918 [1]

Canada Conley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jane Conley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Philip Conley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Rose Conley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Conley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Phillip Conley, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Luke Conley, aged 21, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833

Australia Conley migration to Australia +

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

Conley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Conley, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • R.M. Conley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Conley 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:

Conley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Conley, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "British Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th August 1859 [4]
  • Mr. Conley, Jr., British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "British Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th August 1859 [4]
  • William Conley a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Conley (post 1700) +

  • Earl Thomas Conley (1941-2019), American country music singer-songwriter, best know for his rendition of "Holding Her and Loving You"
  • Gerard P. Conley Sr. (1930-2018), American politician, Member of the Maine Senate from the Portland district (1968-1984)
  • Donald Eugene "Gene" Conley (1930-2017), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played 11 seasons from 1952 to 1963
  • William Henry Conley (1840-1897), American philanthropist and industrialist
  • Chip Conley (b. 1960), American hotelier, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality
  • Robert Conley (1928-2013), American newspaper, television and radio reporter
  • Tom Clark Conley (b. 1943), American philologist, Lowell Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University
  • Darlene Conley (1934-2007), American actress, best known for her performance as Sally Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Darby Conley (b. 1970), American cartoonist, best known for the newspaper comic strip Get Fuzzy
  • Robert J. Conley (1940-2014), American Cherokee author, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas in 2007
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Conley 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: Non Sibi
Motto Translation: Not for himself.


Suggested Readings for the name Conley +

  • 548 "The Conley Family: Descendants of Nicholas" by Jean A. Curran, "Conley-Connelly, Descendants of Thomas Connelly of Northern Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania" by Frances Wise Waite.

  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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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