Conner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Conner originally appeared in Gaelic as O Conchobhair, derived from the personal name Conchobhar.

Early Origins of the Conner family

The surname Conner was first found in Connacht. There were six different septs of this famous name scattered throughout Ireland, of which four continue to boast many members. However, the most important O'Connors were those of Connacht, divided into three main branches: O'Conor Don; O'Conor Roe; and O'Conor Sligo.

The Connacht O'Connors were direct descendants of Conchobhar, King of Connacht, who died in 971 AD. Furthermore, this family produced the last two High Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1196). It was the invasion of Leinster by Roderick O'Conner on behalf of the Prince of West Brefney that caused the King of Leinster, Dermod MacMorough, to flee to England for aid. This resulted in the Strongbow Invasion of 1168, the beginning of English domination over Ireland.

Despite remaining stubbornly Catholic, the O'Connor family continued to maintain their elite position among the Irish nobility throughout the entire period of British dominance.

Early History of the Conner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conner research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1641, 1652, 1666, 1698, 1666, 1710, 1791, 1838, 1906, 1763 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Conner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Conner Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Conner revealed many variations, including Connor, Conner, Conor, Connors, O'Connor, Connores, Conner, Connar, Connars, O'Connar, O'Conner, Connair, Connairs, Connaire, Connaires, Cawner, Cawners, Caunnor, Cauner, Cauners and many more.

Early Notables of the Conner family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Cabrach O'Conor and Hugh O'Connor, son and grandson of O'Conor Don, took a prominent part in the 1641-1652 wars Bernard Connor or O'Connor (1666?-1698), Irish physician and historian, descended from an ancient Irish family...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Conner migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Conner or a variant listed above, including:

Conner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Conner who settled in Plymouth, arriving on the "Fortune" in 1621, just a year after the "Mayflower"
  • William Conner, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [1]
  • Philip Conner, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 [1]
  • Phillip Conner, who landed in Maryland in 1640 [1]
  • Mary Conner, who landed in Maryland in 1648 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Conner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Turler Conner, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Lewis Conner, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Edward Conner, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Dennis Conner, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Keador Conner, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Conner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Conner, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Barnard Conner, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John W Conner, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Daniel Conner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Peter Conner, who landed in Mississippi in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Conner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fred Conner, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1906 [1]

Canada Conner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Conner, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. John Conner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Conner U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Conner U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Cape Ann Association [2]
  • Mr. Robert Conner U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; member of the Port Matoon Association [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Conner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bartholomew Conner, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • John Conner, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Samuel Conner, aged 17, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Matilda Conner, aged 43, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • John Conner, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Conner migration to Australia +

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

Conner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Honora Conner, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [3]
  • Honora Conner a domestic servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [3]
  • Bridget Conner, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [4]
  • Anne Conner, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [4]
  • Mary Conner, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Conner 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:

Conner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Conner, aged 42, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Catherine Conner, aged 39, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • John Conner, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mr. James Conner, (b. 1831), aged 22, British labourer travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Maori" arriving at Nelson, New Zealand on 8th June 1853 [5]
  • Nathaniel Conner, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Conner (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Euclide Conner (1932-2018), American mathematician from Houston who worked on algebraic topology and differential topology, fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012
  • William Conner (1777-1855), American trader, interpreter, scout, and interpreter for the American forces in the War of 1812, founder of Hamilton County, Indiana
  • Finis Conner, American founder of Conner Peripherals
  • Commodore David Conner (1792-1856), American officer of the United States Navy, whose service included the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, eponym of the destroyers USS Conner (DD-72) and the USS Conner (DD-582)
  • Chris Ryan Conner (b. 1983), American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Tara Elizabeth Conner (b. 1985), American beauty queen and model, Miss USA 2006
  • Bruce Conner (1933-2008), American artist renowned for his work in film, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage, and photography
  • Fox Conner (1874-1951), United States Army Major General in World War I
  • Dennis Conner (b. 1942), American yachtsman and four-time America's Cup winner
  • David John Conner KCVO (b. 1947), English Dean of Windsor, former Bishop to the Forces
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • J Conner, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [6]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Dorothy Conner, American 1st Class Passenger from Medford, Oregon, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [7]


The Conner 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: O Dhia gach an cabhair
Motto Translation: From God Every Help


Suggested Readings for the name Conner +

  • 398 "A Family of the Bagaduc; The Ancestry and Genealogy of William Connor, Jr. (1807-1884)" by Albert E. Myers.

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  5. ^ Genies' Jottings Various Ships Lists Maori (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.ozlists.com/genies/shipping/news_nz/nz_maori.htm
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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