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The name Conroy has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Maolconaire, denoting a descendant of the follower of Conaire. However, this was not the only Gaelic name Anglicized Conroy; others were O Conraoi, Mac Conraoi, O Conaire, and O Conratha.

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The surname Conroy was first found in around Galway Bay, where counties Galway and Clare meet. The Conroys first settled in Lough Corrib and Lough Lurgan, the ancient names of two lakes which now constitute Galway Bay. In modern times, Conrys are also common in Leix and Offaly. There were several different septs whose Gaelic names were Anglicized as Conroy, the most important of which was O Maolconaire. They held a family seat in the parish of Clooncraff, near Strokestown in the county of Roscommon. They used the Anglicized form O'Mulconry, which was later shortened to Conry, and were distinguished as hereditary poets and historians to the kings of Connacht. One of the most significant members of this sept was Fearfasa O'Mulconry, who, with three of the O'Clerys, compiled the "Annals of the Four Masters" in 1636. Also belonging to this sept was Maurice O'Mulconry, who completed a magnificent copy of the Book of Fenagh in 1517. Other septs who took the name Conroy included the O Conraoisept of Ui Maine, occupying territory in east Galway and south Roscommon, and also the Mac Conraoisept of Moycullen, who were found near the lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Lurgan, now the Bay of Galway. The surname King was often erroneously used during the late 17th and 18th century as an Anglicized form of several of these names, due to the similarity in sound between them and the Gaelic words Mac an Righ, which means 'son of the King.' This was particularly true among the MacConroys of Moycullen, who changed the name of their ancestral seat from Ballymaconry to Kingstown.

Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Conroy include Conroy, Conry, Conray, Conrey, O'Conroy, O'Conry, Connery, Conneray, Conneroy, Connroy, Connry and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conroy research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1641, 1561 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Conroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Conroy:

Conroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis James Conroy, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1806
  • Andrew Conroy, who arrived in Connecticut in 1811
  • Dominick Conroy, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Patrick Conroy, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843
  • Jahn Conroy, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
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Conroy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Conroy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • James Conroy, who landed in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1843
  • John Conroy, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Conroy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Conroy, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Mary Conroy, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Mary Conroy, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • William Conroy, aged 6, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Denis Conroy, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
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Conroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Conroy, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Bridget Conroy, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mary Ann Conroy, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Ellen Conroy, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Bridget Conroy, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
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  • Donald Patrick "Pat" Conroy (1945-2016), New York Times bestselling American author; two of his novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were made into Oscar-nominated films
  • William "Will" James Conroy (b. 1982), American basketball player
  • William Edward "Wid" Conroy (1877-1959), American Major League Baseball player
  • Tim Conroy (b. 1960), American Major League Baseball player
  • Pat Conroy (b. 1945), American New York Times bestselling author
  • Martin Francis Conroy (1922-2006), American advertising executive
  • Michael Joseph "Joe" Conroy (1874-1958), American politician, mayor of Anchorage, Alaska (1923 to 1924)
  • Kevin Conroy (b. 1955), American Annie Award nominated actor
  • Frank Parish Conroy (1890-1964), English-born, American film and Tony Award winning stage actor
  • Frank Conroy (1936-2005), American author
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Conroy Historic Events



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  • Mr. Cornelius Conroy (b. 1917), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Cambusnethan, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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    Other References

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    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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