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

Conwell Early Origins



The surname Conwell 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.

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Conwell Spelling Variations


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Conwell Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Conwell are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include McConville, McConvill, McConwell, McConwel, Conwell, Conville, Convill, Convilles, Conwells, MacConville, MacConvill, MacConwell and many more.

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Conwell Early History


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Conwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conwell research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1620 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Conwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Conwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Conwell or a variant listed above:

Conwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Conwell, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Bernard Conwell, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Catherine Conwell, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Anthony, Bernrd, Catherine, James, and Jeremiah Conwell, all settled in New York State in 1803
  • James Conwell, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Conwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Conwell, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Jane Conwell, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conwell (post 1700)



  • Leon Martin Conwell, American Journalist and politician
  • Edward James Conwell (1890-1926), American third baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Henry Conwell (1745-1842), American Roman Catholic clergyman
  • Ernest Harold Conwell (b. 1972), former American football tight end in the National Football League
  • Tommy Conwell, American guitarist, songwriter and performer
  • Angell Conwell (b. 1983), American actress and model
  • Russell Herman Conwell (1843-1925), American Baptist minister and lecturer, founder and first president of Temple University
  • Leagh Conwell (b. 1990), British actor
  • Anthony "Tony" Conwell (b. 1932), English former professional footballer
  • Nula Conwell (b. 1959), British-born character actress

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Conwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 December 2015 at 11:07.

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