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Connors History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish


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.

Early Origins of the Connors family


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.

Early History of the Connors family


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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.

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.

Early Notables of the Connors 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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Migration of the Connors family to the New World and Oceana


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 America. 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, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  • Catherine Connors, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  • Johanna Connors, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  • Margaret Connors, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  • Sarah Connors, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  • ... (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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
  • Martin Connors, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Michael Connors, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Connors (post 1700)


  • William Joseph "Billy" Connors (1941-2018), American Major League Baseball player, coach and front office official
  • Leonard T. Connors Jr. (1929-2016), American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1982 to 2008
  • Mike Connors (1925-2017), born Krekor Ohanian, American actor, best remembered for playing detective Joe Mannix in the CBS television series, Mannix
  • 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
  • Chuck Connors (1921-1992), American actor, writer, and professional basketball and baseball player
  • James Scott "Jimmy" Connors (b. 1952), American tennis player, former world number one tennis player, winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles
  • Cecelia Connors, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Caitlin Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Benjamin R. Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Connors family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mary  Connors, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Miss Mary Josephine  Connors (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

The Connors 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


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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