Conneely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Conneely is O Conghalaigh, O Conghaile, or O Coingheallaigh.

Early Origins of the Conneely family

The surname Conneely was first found in Connacht and Munster, as well as County Monaghan and 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. [1]

Early History of the Conneely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conneely research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1591, 1660, 1729, 1738, 1803, 1750 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Conneely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Conneely Spelling Variations

Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Conneely are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Connolly, Conolly, Connally, O'Connolly, Connolley, Conally, Connelly, Conoley, Connaleigh, Connelay, Conley, Conlay, Conlaye and many more.

Early Notables of the Conneely family (pre 1700)

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United States Conneely migration to the United States +

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Conneely family name:

Conneely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Conneely, aged 22, who arrived in America from Kilkerrin Co. Galway, in 1906
  • John Conneely, aged 29, who arrived in America from Dunmore Galway, in 1906
  • Martin Conneely, aged 16, who arrived in America from Kilkerrin Co. Galway, in 1906
  • Fannie Conneely, aged 17, who arrived in America from Rosscahill, Ireland, in 1908
  • Patrick Conneely, aged 25, who arrived in America from Galway, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Conneely migration to Australia +

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

Conneely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Conneely, (Connelly), (b. 1798), aged 22, Irish labourer who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for life for sedition, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Miss Bridget Conneely, (b. 1807), aged 30, Irish servant who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 1 son [3]
  • Mr. Bartholomew Conneely, (Connolly, Connelly), (b. 1810), aged 28, Irish labourer who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for 7 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, brother on the same ship [4]
  • Mr. John Conneely, (Connolly, Connelly), (b. 1811), aged 27, Irish labourer who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for 7 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, brother on the same ship [4]

New Zealand Conneely 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:

Conneely Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • David Conneely, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Conneely (post 1700) +

  • Thomas "Tom" Conneely (b. 1959), Irish retired hurler
  • Aaron Conneely (b. 1992), Irish rugby union player
  • Pádraig Conneely, Irish Fine Gael party politician, Mayor of Galway (2008-2009), and (2013-2014)
  • Michael Conneely (b. 1949), Irish retired hurler who played from 1974 to 1981 for Galway
  • Paddy Conneely (b. 1851), Irish blind professional piper
  • Séamus Conneely (b. 1988), Irish footballer


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde


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