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O'Conner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish


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.

Early Origins of the O'Conner family


The surname O'Conner was first found in Connacht. There were six different septs of this famous name scattered throughout Ireland, of which four continue to boast many members. However, the most important O'Connors were those of Connacht, divided into three main branches: O'Conor Don; O'Conor Roe; and O'Conor Sligo. The Connacht O'Connors were direct descendants of Conchobhar, King of Connacht, who died in 971 AD. Furthermore, this family produced the last two High Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1196). It was the invasion of Leinster by Roderick O'Conner on behalf of the Prince of West Brefney that caused the King of Leinster, Dermod MacMorough, to flee to England for aid. This resulted in the Strongbow Invasion of 1168, the beginning of English domination over Ireland. Despite remaining stubbornly Catholic, the O'Connor family continued to maintain their elite position among the Irish nobility throughout the entire period of British dominance.

Early History of the O'Conner family


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O'Conner Spelling Variations


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'Conner that are preserved in archival documents are 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.

Early Notables of the O'Conner family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Cabrach O'Conor and Hugh O'Connor, son and grandson of O'Conor Don, took a prominent part in the 1641-1652 wars; Turlough O'Connor of Connacht, High...
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Migration of the O'Conner family to the New World and Oceana


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, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  • Mary O'Conner, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 22, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  • Bridget O'Conner, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
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O'Conner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Conner (post 1700)


  • 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
  • Frank Q. O'Conner, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 10.75 aerial victories
  • T. O'Conner, Australian rugby league footballer c. 1917
  • Elizabeth O'Conner (b. 1913), Australian novelist who writes under the name Barbara Lowe

The O'Conner 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: O Dhia gach an cabhair
Motto Translation: From God Every Help


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Citations


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARSHALL BENNETT 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marshallbennett1852.shtml
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.

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