Conlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Before Irish names were translated into English, Conlin 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 Conlin family

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

Early History of the Conlin family

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Conlin Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Conlin family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Conlan, Conlin, Conlon, Connelen, Connelon, Connelan, O'Connelen, O'Conlan, O'Conlin, Connellon, Connellan and many more.

Early Notables of the Conlin family (pre 1700)

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United States Conlin migration to the United States +

Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Conlin or one of its variants:

Conlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Conlin, aged 22, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]
  • James Conlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • John Conlin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • James Conlin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • Ann Conlin, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Conlin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Eleanor Conlin, aged 15, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Conlin (post 1700) +

  • Roxanne Barton Conlin (b. 1944), American lawyer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa (1977-1981), Assistant Attorney General of Iowa (1969-1976)
  • Jimmy Conlin (1884-1962), American character actor, known for Anatomy of a Murder (1959), The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) and Second Chorus (1940)
  • Michaela Conlin (b. 1978), American stage and television actress, probably best known for her current role as Angela Montenegro in Bones (2005-2015), and also in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) and Enchanted (2007)
  • Joseph H. Conlin (1928-2007), American impresario and opera director
  • Edward James Conlin (b. 1933), retired American basketball player and coach
  • William "Bill" Conlin, American sportswriter and long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News
  • Molly Frances Conlin, English actress, known for EastEnders (1985), The Omid Djalili Show (2007) and Blandings (2013)
  • Arthur Conlin (1883-1947), Australian rugby league footballer who played from 1908 to 1912, member of the New South Wales Team in 1909
  • Dan Conlin, Canadian maritime historian and museum curator in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • James Conlin (1881-1917), English footballer

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Leo Conlin, American Fireman Second Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Bernard Eugene Conlin, American Seaman Second Class from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]

The Conlin 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: Inter Utrumque
Motto Translation: Between the two.

  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. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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