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Origin and popularity of the name CONNOLLY

Origin

Connolly : 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.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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