CONNELLY - Name Meaning & Origin

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CONNELLY Surname Meaning & Origin:

Connelly is generally considered to be an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O'Conghaile, meaning "fierce as a hound." The name consists of the Gaelic prefix "O" indicating "male descendant of," plus the personal byname Conghaile, from con, a hound and gal, valour.

Originally an Irish clan from Galway, Connolly families settled in Cork, Meath, and Monaghan.

CONNELLY is one of 50 common Irish surnames of modern Ireland.

Surname Origin:  Irish

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname CONNELLY:

Clan Connelly
The official Clan Connelly website from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Connelly Name Meaning & Family History
An overview of the Connelly surname meaning, plus subscription-based access to genealogical records on Connelly families around the world.

British Surname Profiler - Distribution of the Connelly Surname
Trace the geography and history of the Connelly surname through this free online database based on a University College London (UCL) project investigating the distribution of surnames in Great Britain, both current and historic.

Connelly Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Connelly surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Connelly surname query.

FamilySearch - CONNELLY Genealogy
Find historical records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Connelly surname and its variations.

CONNELLY Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Connelly surname.

Cousin Connect - CONNELLY Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Connelly, and sign up for free notification when new Connelly queries are added. - CONNELLY Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Connelly.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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