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

Conners Early Origins



The surname Conners 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.

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Conners Spelling Variations


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Conners Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Conners family name include 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.

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Conners Early History


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Conners Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conners research. Another 363 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1002, 1641, 1652, 1710, 1791, 1838, 1906, 1763 and 1852 are included under the topic Early Conners History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conners Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conners Early Notables (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; Turlough O'Connor of Connacht, High...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conners Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Conners to North America:

Conners Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gillian Conners, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Conners Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T Conners, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Andy Conners, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854
  • Jerry Conners, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Maurice Conners, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1875
  • Samuel Conners, who arrived in Ohio in 1883

Conners Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Wood Conners, who arrived in Alabama in 1929

Conners Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Conners, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838
  • Patrick Conners, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1838

Conners Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hessy Conners, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Michael Conners, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Michael Conners, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Maria Conners, aged 17, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Patrick Conners, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conners (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conners (post 1700)



  • Bernard F. Conners, American author and producer, founder of the annual Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry Award
  • Gene Conners (1930-2010), American trombonist and singer, known as "The Mighty Flea"
  • Dan Conners (b. 1941), former American college and professional football player from St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • Jack Conners (b. 1943), American Democratic Party politician in the New Jersey General Assembly
  • William J. Conners, American Democrat politician, New York Democratic State Chair, 1906-10; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916, 1924
  • Richard J. Conners, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly 104th District, 1977-92
  • Michael F. II Conners, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 46th District, 2004
  • Maynard Gilbert Conners (1918-2001), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 1970; Member of Maine State House of Representatives
  • John F. Conners, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oakland, California, 1924-28
  • James W. Conners, American politician, Representative from New York 14th District, 1912

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    11. ...

    The Conners Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conners Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 July 2016 at 16:45.

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