Connaughton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Connaughton surname comes from a proud and ancient past. The name Connaughton appeared originally in Gaelic as O Connachtain.

Early Origins of the Connaughton family

The surname Connaughton 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 Connaughton family

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Connaughton Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Connaughton were encountered in the archives: Cunigan, Conigan, Cunnigan, Conaghan, Conaughan, O'Cunigan, O'Conaghan, Connaghan, Connaughan, Kinneghan, Kinnegan and many more.

Early Notables of the Connaughton family (pre 1700)

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United States Connaughton migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Connaughton:

Connaughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Connaughton, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
Connaughton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Connaughton, aged 19, who landed in America from Loughrea, in 1901
  • Ellen Connaughton, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballymoe, Ireland, in 1905
  • Bridget Connaughton, aged 24, who landed in America from Castlerea, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellen Connaughton, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Kilkerrin, Ireland, in 1909
  • Francis Connaughton, aged 24, who landed in America from Athlore, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Connaughton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Connaughton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Catherine Connaughton, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. James Connaughton, aged 7 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]
  • Mr. William Connaughton, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Honors Connaughton who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing 10th April 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Connaughton, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" departing 14th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th July 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Connaughton migration to Australia +

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

Connaughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Connaughton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]

New Zealand Connaughton 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:

Connaughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Connaughton, aged 20, a housemaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Connaughton (post 1700) +

  • Frank Henry Connaughton (1869-1942), American Major League Baseball shortstop and outfielder
  • James Laurence Connaughton (b. 1961), American energy industry lawyer
  • Sean T. Connaughton (b. 1966), the American current Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Gary Connaughton, Irish inter-county Gaelic footballer
  • Paul Connaughton Jr. (b. 1982), Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Brian Connaughton (1899-1983), Irish Garda Síochána and recipient of the Scott Medal
  • Paul Connaughton Sr. (b. 1944), former Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Shane Connaughton (b. 1941), Irish writer and actor
  • Patrick John Connaughton (b. 1949), English former professional football goalkeeper
  • Jared Connaughton (b. 1985), Canadian sprinter


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 70)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820


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