Show ContentsConran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

O Conarain is the original Irish surname from which Conran is derived, and of which Condron is a popular, more modern variant.

Early Origins of the Conran family

The surname Conran was first found in Leinster, where the name was recorded as Conran, O'Conran, and O'Coneran in the 16th and 17th centuries. The place name Ballyconran in County Wexford indicates that the name may have been prominent and influential there at some point. In Ulster, there was a Coneran family listed in 1603, as coarbs of the "parish church of the Mill" in the barony of Tirkennedy, County Fermanagh. However, the name appears to have died out in that region.

Early History of the Conran family

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Conran Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conran, Condron, Coneran, O'Conran, O'Coneran and others.

Early Notables of the Conran family (pre 1700)

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United States Conran migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Conran, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Dennis Conran, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Conran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Conran, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • John Conran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County,Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Michael Conran, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Michael Conran, who landed in New York in 1854

Contemporary Notables of the name Conran (post 1700) +

  • Kerry Scott Conran (b. 1964), American filmmaker, known for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), The World of Tomorrow (2005) and Gumdrop (2012)
  • John Conran (b. 1957), Irish retired hurling manager and former player from Rathnure, County Wexford
  • Sir Terence Orby Conran CH RDI FCSD (1931-2020), English designer, restaurateur, retailer, and writer from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
  • Sophie Conran, English interior designer, cook and author, daughter of Sir Terence Conran
  • Sebastian Conran (b. 1956), British designer, son of Sir Terence Conran
  • Shirley Conran (b. 1932), British novelist and journalist who has written for Vanity Fair and was the women's editor of The Daily Mail and The Observer
  • Alexis "Alex" Conran, British actor, writer and TV presenter, best known for co-hosting the BBC Three show The Real Hustle from 2006 until 2012
  • Tony Conran (b. 1931), Welsh poet and translator of Welsh poetry
  • Jasper Conran (b. 1959), English fashion designer, second son of Sir Terence Conran

The Conran 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: In deo spes mea
Motto Translation: In God is my hope.

  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) on Facebook