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Origin and popularity of the name o'CONNELL


O'Connell : Irish (Munster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conaill ‘descendant of Conall’ a personal name probably composed of the elements con (genitive of cú ‘hound’ or ‘wolf’) + gal ‘valor’. It was borne by many early chieftains and warriors of Ireland including the Ulster hero Conall Cearnach one of the two sons of Niall of the Nine Hostages who gave his name to Tirconell otherwise known as Donegal. It was further popularized by the fame of a 7th-century Irish saint abbot of Inis Caoil.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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