All Irish surnames have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Conwey is O Conbhuidhe or O Connmhachain. The former of these names likely comes from the Gaelic word "condmach," while the latter probably comes from "cu buidhe." Conway is also an Anglicization of the names Mac Conmheadha or Mac Connmhaigh.
Early Origins of the O'Conwey family
The surname O'Conwey was first found in Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, and Connacht.
Early History of the O'Conwey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Conwey research.Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1360, 1300, 1st , 1564, 1631, 1623, 1628, 1631, 1594, 1655, 1st , 1623, 1683, 1681, 1683, 1586, 1623, 1631, 1679, 1st , 1630, 1669, 1661 and 1669 are included under the topic Early O'Conwey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Conwey Spelling Variations
Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Conwey exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Conway, Conboy, Convey, O'Conway, McConway and others.
Early Notables of the O'Conwey family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Edward Conway, 1st Viscount Conway PC
(1564-1631), an English soldier and statesman, Secretary of State in 1623, Lord President of the Council (1628-1631); his son, Edward Conway, 2nd Viscount Conway PC
(1594-1655), an English politician, military commander and peer; and his son, Edward... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Conwey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Conwey family to the New World and Oceana
began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland
. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name O'Conwey: Edwin Conway of Worcestershire
, who settled in the year 1645 in Virginia. From him was descended Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington.
The O'Conwey 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: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.