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Where did the Irish O'Conner family come from? What is the Irish O'Conner family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Conner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Conner family history?

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Conner originally appeared in Gaelic as O Conchobhair, derived from the personal name Conchobhar.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: 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.

First found in Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The chief O'Connor Kerry was lord of a vast area north of Kerry prior to the Anglo- Norman invasion of 1170, when they were pushed further north.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Conner research. Another 188 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1761, 1763, 1834, and 1852 are included under the topic Early O'Conner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early O'Conner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'Conner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine O'Conner, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Mary O'Conner, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett,"
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 22, a dairy maid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"


O'Conner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael O'Conner, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Johanna O'Conner, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 17, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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  • James Francis O'Conner (1861-1940), American sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Patricia T. O'Conner (b. 1949), American author of books about the English language
  • T. O'Conner, Australian rugby league footballer c. 1917
  • Elizabeth O'Conner (b. 1913), Australian novelist who writes under the name Barbara Lowe


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The O'Conner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Conner 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 5 July 2013 at 11:13.

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