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While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Connally is O Conghalaigh, O Conghaile, or O Coingheallaigh.

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The surname Connally was first found in Connacht and Munster, as well as County Monaghan in Leinster. There were three Gaelic septs whose name was Anglicized as Connolly: the O Conghalaigh sept (also known as O Conghaile) who lived in Connacht and the adjacent County Monaghan; the O Coingheallaigh sept, which also used the alias Mac Coingheallaigh, were subordinate to the powerful O'Donovans and dwelled in West Cork in Munster; and another sept, related to the O'Maddens, resided in Connacht and were of the Ui Maine.

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 Connally revealed many variations, including Connolly, Conolly, Connally, O'Connolly, Connolley, Conally, Connelly, Conoley, Connaleigh, Connelay, Conley, Conlay, Conlaye and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connally research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1591, 1660, 1729, 1738, 1803, 1750 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Connally History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connally Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Connally or one of its variants:

Connally Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael and Thomas Connally who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 and 1856 respectively
  • John Connally, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • Edgar Albert Connally, who landed in Mississippi in 1898

Connally Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Alice Connally arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • Owen Connally, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"

Connally Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Honor Connally arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864

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  • Ben Clarkson Connally (1909-1975), United States federal judge
  • Fritzie Lee Connally (b. 1958), former professional baseball player
  • George Walter "Sarge" Connally (1898-1978), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Idanell Brill "Nellie" Connally (1919-2006), First Lady of Texas from 1963 to 1969
  • Wayne Wright Connally (1923-2000), Texas rancher, a Democratic member of both houses of the Texas State
  • Thomas Terry "Tom" Connally (1877-1963), American politician
  • John Bowden Connally Jr. (1917-1993), influential American politician


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The Connally Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Connally 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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