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

Connors Early Origins



The surname Connors 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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Connors Spelling Variations


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Connors Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Connors were encountered in the archives: 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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Connors Early History


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Connors Early History



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

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Connors Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Connors 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 Connors 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Connors:

Connors Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Biddy Connors, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1849

Connors Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Connors, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • George Connors, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Mary Connors, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Connors, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Hanna Connors, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Connors Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Connors, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Catherine Connors, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Johanna Connors, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Margaret Connors, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Sarah Connors, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Connors Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Connors, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Martin Connors, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Michael Connors, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Connors (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Connors (post 1700)



  • Leonard T. Connors Jr. (1929-2016), American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1982 to 2008
  • Robert A. "Bob" Connors (d. 1998), American college football player, member of the Northeastern University athletics Hall of Fame (1990)
  • Joseph P. Connors (1862-1891), early American professional baseball pitcher
  • Cecelia Connors, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Caitlin Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012
  • Benjamin R. Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Barbara Connors, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 2000
  • Ann Connors, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Albert James Connors (b. 1891), American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1932; Member of Wisconsin State Senate 29th District, 1939-42
  • Charles G. Connors, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1944
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Connors Historic Events


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Connors Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mary  Connors, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Miss Mary Josephine  Connors (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Patrick John Connors (d. 1912), aged 61, Irish Third Class passenger from Charleville, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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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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Connors Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    11. ...

    The Connors Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Connors 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.

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