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Connolly Name Meaning

Irish and Manx: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conghaile ‘descendant of Conghal’ a name meaning ‘hound valiant’ or of Ó Conghalaigh ‘descendant of Conghalach’ a derivative of Conghal; the two surnames have long been confused. Anglicized Irish forms Conneely Connealy Cunneely have arisen where loss of gh has caused lengthening of the second syllable of Conghal: they often also (Connacht) represent shortened forms of McNeilly from Mac Conghaile. Another possible origin is the West Cork name Mac Coingheallaigh (or Ó Coingheallaigh) ‘son (or descendant) of Coingheallach’ a personal name meaning ‘faithful to pledges’. See McNeilly .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Donnelly, Conroy, Cooley, Hennelly, Connon, Connor, Munnelly

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Where is the Connolly family from?

You can see how Connolly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Connolly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Connolly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 209 Connolly families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Connolly's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Connolly families in 1911.
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What did your Connolly ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Connolly. 28% of Connolly men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Connolly women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Connolly were Operator and Operator. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    21%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Servant
    11%
  • Operator
    11%
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There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Connolly. For the veterans among your Connolly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Connolly lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Connolly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Connolly in 1940 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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