Deborah Crown was on wonder about the Irish surname “Conners“. You can read Deborah’s question and story at the end of this post.
In Ireland you will mostly find the name as O’Connor and sometimes as Connor. As the name left the country over the centuries, it was spelled in many different fashions. O’Connor comes from the Irish Ó Conchobhair is from the first name of Conchobhair – a popular first name over the centuries in Ireland. This popularity meant that when the surname system was introduced, many different septs across Ireland adopted the surname Ó Conchobhair.
But there were about six different septs that rose to prominence across Ireland.
There are many castles spread throughout Ireland associated with different septs of the O’Connors. They include Ballintober Castle (Roscommon), Carrigafoyle castle (Kerry), Ballymote castle (Sligo) and Castlekirke (Galway). There are also a wide number of Abbeys and ecclesiastical sites associated with the name like Clonmacnoise, Ballintober Abbey, Cong Abbey and so on.
I am looking for the Irish surname Conners..is it a form of O’Connor..The first trace of it in my family history is Morgan Connor born Wexford Ireland 1767, Immigrated to Nova Scotia by 1799. I hope I have reached you in the proper way and I thank you for your time.
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Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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