Connel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Connel is O Conaill.

Early Origins of the Connel family

The surname Connel was first found in County Limerick where O'Connell was the chief of Hy-Cuilean, a territory south-east of Abbeyfeale, in the barony of Upper Connello near the borders of Cork and Kerry. The O'Connells had their chief residence in Castle Connell. In the twelfth century the O'Connells settled in Kerry. One reference claims that the O'Falvies, admirals of Desmond; the O'Connells, of Kerry; O'Sheas, chiefs of Muskerry, in Cork; and several other chiefs, claim descent from the Clan na Deaga, Chiefs of Munster, originally a branch of the Heremonians of Ulster.

The Cannell variant is "a name peculiar to the Isle of Man, is from the Celtic MacConaill." [1]

Early History of the Connel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connel research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1300, 1641, 1621, 1678, 1743, 1833, 1775 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Connel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Connel 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 Connel that are preserved in archival documents are Connell, O'Connell, Cannell, Connall, Conell, Conall, Connill, Connull, Connel, Connal, Connul, Canell, Cannel, O'Connall, O'Conell and many more.

Early Notables of the Connel family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Connel migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Connel name:

Connel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentine Connel, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [2]
  • James Connel, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [2]
  • Daniel Connel, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 [2]
  • John Connel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Robert Connel, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1774 [2]
Connel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Connel, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [2]
  • Simon Connel, who arrived in New York in 1850 [2]
  • R Connel, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Thomas Connel, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Dennis Connel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [2]

Canada Connel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Connel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Connel, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815

Australia Connel migration to Australia +

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

Connel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Connel, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • Hugh Connel, aged 24, a ploughman, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"


The Connel 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: Ciall agus neart
Motto Translation: Reason and power.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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