Connell 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 Connell is O Conaill.

Early Origins of the Connell family

The surname Connell 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 Connell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connell 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 Connell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Connell Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Connell were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. 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 Connell family (pre 1700)

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


United States Connell migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Connell family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Connell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Connell, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Hugh Connell, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [2]
  • Morgan Connell, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
  • Rebecah Connell, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [2]
Connell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tim Connell, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Timothy Connell, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Cath Connell, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Catherine Connell, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Mary Connell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Connell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Connor Connell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • P Connell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Sarah Connell, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Darby Connell, who arrived in America in 1811 [2]
  • Ann Connell, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Connell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Peter Connell, who landed in Mississippi in 1903 [2]
  • Edward Connell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903 [2]

Canada Connell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Connell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Miss Catherine Connell, "Connett" U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; listed as being a child but older than 10 years [3]
  • Mr. Daniel Connell, "Connett" U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; listed as being a child but older than 10 years [3]
  • Mrs. Sarah Connell, "Connett" U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Connell, "Connett" U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; listed as being a child but older than 10 years [3]
Connell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Connell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Hugh Connell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Patrick Connell, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Patrick Connell, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Connell, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Connell migration to Australia +

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

Connell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Connell, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Connell, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Alexander Connell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [6]
  • Nancy Agnes Connell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [6]
  • Mr. Jeremiah Connell, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Connell 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:

Connell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Connell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Connell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Connell, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Ellen Connell, aged 36, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Morgan Connell, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Connell (post 1700) +

  • John P. Connell (1923-2015), American stage, television, film and voice actor
  • Jane Connell (1925-2013), born Jane Sperry Bennett, an American Tony Award nominated character actress
  • Brigadier-General Samuel Martin Connell (1897-1981), American Commanding General 4th Bomber Command (1942-1944) [8]
  • Brigadier-General Carl William Connell (1890-1946), American Commanding General 5th Air Force Service Command (1942-1944) [9]
  • Richard E Connell (1857-1912), US Congressman from New York
  • Richard Connell (1893-1949), American author and journalist
  • Charles R Connell (1864-1922), US Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Evan Shelby Connell Jr. (b. 1924), American novelist, poet, and short story-writer
  • Desmond Connell (1926-2017), Irish cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Sir John Connell (1765-1831), Scottish lawyer, son of Arthur Connell, merchant in Glasgow, and Lord Provost of that city [10]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • D Connell, American passenger from South Bend, Indiana, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [11]


The Connell 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Samuel Connell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Connell/Samuel_Martin/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Carl Connell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Connell/Carl_William/USA.html
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  11. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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