Connors History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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


United States Connors migration to the United States +

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]

Canada Connors migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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.)

Australia Connors migration to Australia +

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

Connors Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Connors, (b. 1780), aged 39, Irish labourer who was convicted in County Offaly (King's County), Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Castle Forbes" on 3rd October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. David Connors, (b. 1816), aged 19, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackwell" on 29th September 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1886 [3]
  • Mr. Dennis Connors, (Denis), (b. 1820), aged 15, Irish painter"s boy who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackwell" on 29th September 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Laurence Connors, (Lawrence), (b. 1797), aged 47, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. James Connors, (b. 1824), aged 24, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 1st November 1848, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Connors 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:

Connors Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margret Connors, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [6]
  • Miss Kate Connors, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 [6]
  • Mr. James Connors, (b. 1846), aged 23, British ploughman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [6]
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [7]
  • Caitlin Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012 [7]
  • Benjamin R. Connors, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928 [7]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mary  Connors, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [8]
  • Miss Mary Josephine  Connors (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
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 [9]


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


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/castle-forbes
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackwell
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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