The original Gaelic form of the name O'Conaty is Óconnachtaigh. This name can be considered a place name as it indicates that its original bearer inhabited Connaught
. The prefix O, meaning '"grandson of" indicates descent from the original bearer.
Early Origins of the O'Conaty family
The surname O'Conaty was first found in County Donegal
with the MacSweenys. That name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain
in Argyll, Scotland
. His descendants migrated to Ireland
as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.'
Early History of the O'Conaty family
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O'Conaty Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the O'Conaty family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Conaty, O'Conaty, Connaghty, Connoty, MacConaghy, MacConkey and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Conaty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Conaty family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name O'Conaty: John McConaghty, age 26, who arrived in Quebec in 1834; Alexander McConaghy, who settled in Allegheny County, Pa. in 1844; Jas MacConnaghy, who arrived in New York City in 1811.