The Clan/Sept History
The name O Conroy has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its
genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Maolconaire, denoting a
descendant of the follower of Conaire. However, this was not the only Gaelic
name Anglicized Conroy; others were O Conraoi, Mac Conraoi, O Conaire, and O
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent
endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy
would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period.
Research into the name O Conroy revealed spelling variations, including Conroy,
Conry, Conray, Conrey, O'Conroy, O'Conry, Connery, Conneray, Conneroy, Connroy,
Connry and many more.
First found in around Galway Bay, where counties Galway and Clare meet.
In the late 18th century, Irish Families began emigrating to North America in
the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew
steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause
thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster.
Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North
America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development
of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the
name of O Conroy: One family of Conroys settled in Hollis, New Hampshire about
the year 1640. Hannah Conray settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849; James
Conray settled in Philadelphia in 1828.
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