Connor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Connor family

The surname Connor 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.

Important Dates for the Connor family

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

Connor Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Connor are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found 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.

Early Notables of the Connor 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; Turlough O'Connor of Connacht, High...
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Connor migration to the United States

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Connor or a variant listed above:

Connor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cornelius Connor, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Arthur Connor, who arrived in Maryland in 1748 [1]
  • Catharine Connor, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
  • Laurence Connor, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770 [1]
  • Charles Connor, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776 [1]
Connor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dominick Connor, who landed in New Castle, Del in 1801 [1]
  • Biddy Connor, aged 14, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Andrew Connor, aged 45, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • William Connor, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [1]
  • Peter Connor, who arrived in Georgia in 1810 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Connor migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Connor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Connor, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Lt. Constant Connor U.E. who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Connor U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Connor U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
Connor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Connor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Jane Connor, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811
  • John Connor, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • Patrick Connor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • John Connor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Connor migration to Australia

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

Connor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Connor, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Connor, a bricklayer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Connor, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Connor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [4]
  • Mary Connor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Connor 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:

Connor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Connor, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Catherine Connor, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Peter Connor, aged 40, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Esther Connor, aged 36, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Jane Connor, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Connor (post 1700)

  • Major-General William Durward Connor (1874-1960), American Chairman of the Construction Advisory Committee, War Department (1941-1942) [5]
  • Patrick Edward Connor (1820-1891), American Union General during the American Civil War
  • Ralph Connor (1907-1990), American Chemist, recipient of the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society (1967)
  • John Thomas Connor (1845-1907), United States attorney, political figure, US Secretary of Commerce 1965-1967
  • Sergeant James Phillip Connor (1919-1994), American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Arthur T. Connor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haven, 1932 [6]
  • Arthur J. Connor, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 5th Ward, 1948 [6]
  • Arthur J. Connor, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1932 [6]
  • Arthur F. Connor, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut Republican State Central Committee, 1922; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1928 [6]
  • Arthur E. Connor, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928; Chair of Delaware County Democratic Party, 1936 [6]
  • ... (Another 73 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Connor family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. James Connor, British Donkeyman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [7]
  • Mr. John Connor, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Richard John Connor (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Connor, British Engine Room Artificer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
  • Reginald John Connor (1918-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
  • Fred Connor (1903-1939), British Petty Officer Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) William Connor. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Connor/William_Durward/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.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
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