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

Early Origins of the Connelly family

The surname Connelly 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 Connelly family

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Connelly Spelling Variations

Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Connelly. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings 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 Connelly family (pre 1700)

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United States Connelly migration to the United States +

North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Connelly:

Connelly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jesse Connelly, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [2]
  • George Connelly, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Connelly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Timothy Connelly, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827 [2]
  • Henry Connelly, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]
  • Charles Connelly, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Walter Connelly, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Mary Connelly, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Connelly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Connelly Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Connelly U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Connelly U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783, passenger number 264 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [3]
  • Mr. John Connelly U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
Connelly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Connelly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Connelly, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Lawrence Connelly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Richard Connelly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Dennis Connelly, aged 31, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Connelly migration to Australia +

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

Connelly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Connelly, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ellen Connelly, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [4]
  • Mary Connelly, aged 38, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [5]
  • Maria Connelly, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Mary A. Connelly, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Connelly 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:

Connelly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Connelly, (b. 1832), aged 28, British farm labourer travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [6]
  • Mrs. Ellen Connelly, (b. 1837), aged 23, British settler travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 [6]
  • John Connelly, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Mr. John Connelly, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [6]
  • Mary Connelly, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Connelly (post 1700) +

  • Marcus Cook Connelly (1890-1981), American playwright, director, producer, performer, and lyricist awarded the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Michael Connelly (b. 1956), American author of detective novels, President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004, and has won every major award given to mystery writers
  • Jennifer Lynn Connelly (b. 1970), American Golden Globe and Academy Award winning film actress
  • C. T. Connelly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884 [8]
  • Bruce Chadwick Connelly, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 2012 [8]
  • Brian Connelly, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1969 [8]
  • Bernard C. Connelly, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Trieste, 1932; Bucharest, 1938; Kabul, 1940; Karachi, 1940 [8]
  • Bartram W. Connelly, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 4th District, 1906 [8]
  • B. W. Connelly, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1899-1900 [8]
  • Arthur Connelly, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1940 [8]
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Michael Connelly, British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Owen Connelly, English Trimmer from New York, New York, USA, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • W.F. Connelly, American Third Assistant Engineer from Somerville, Massachusetts, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Earl Connelly, American Chief Quartermaster from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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