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Conville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Conville family in Ireland was Mac Conmhaoil.

Early Origins of the Conville family

The surname Conville was first found in the county of Derry, where they held a family seat, some say, they were descended from the Cenel Eoghain, ( Clan Owen) the great northern tribe who were descended from Eoghan, son of King Niall of the Nine Hostages, (who lived about 365 A.D.) progenitor of the O'Neills. This ancient and distinguished tribe settled in Tyrone and Derry.

Early History of the Conville family

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Conville Spelling Variations

Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Conville family name include McConville, McConvill, McConwell, McConwel, Conwell, Conville, Convill, Convilles, Conwells, MacConville, MacConvill, MacConwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Conville family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Conville family to the New World and Oceana

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Conville to North America: Arthur McConvill who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846; followed by John McConvill in 1869; and Henry McConvill in 1870; and Thomas McConvill in 1873.

Contemporary Notables of the name Conville (post 1700)

  • Steven George Conville (b. 1973), Canadian business broadcaster
  • Clare Conville, English co-founder of Conville & Walsh Ltd, a literary agency based in Soho, London in 2000

The Conville 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: Age in aeternum
Motto Translation: Do forever

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