Origins Available: Irish
The Connahan surname comes from a proud and ancient past. The name Connahan appeared originally in Gaelic as O Connachtain.
Early Origins of the Connahan family
The surname Connahan was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Connahan family
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Connahan Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Connahan that are preserved in archival documents are Cunigan, Conigan, Cunnigan, Conaghan, Conaughan, O'Cunigan, O'Conaghan, Connaghan, Connaughan, Kinneghan, Kinnegan and many more.
Early Notables of the Connahan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Connahan family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Connahan name:
Connahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nancy Connahan, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847