Origin of the Name Conroy
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'ruler' variants of the name Conroy include O'Conry, O'Mulconry and King. This name is of Celtic origin and is found throughout England , Ireland , Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a John le Kinge, of Norfolk, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A John Kyng was Burgess of Perth, Scotland , in the year 1421. The surname King in Ireland was used as a synonym for the Gaelic MacConraio, O'Conraio and MacFhearadhaigh septs. This arose from the similarity in sound of these Mac names and 'Mac an Ri', meaning 'son of the King'.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Nearly all the MacConroys of Moycullen use the name King and in the nineteenth century their seat was located at Ballymaconroy, Kingstown.
The Conroy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Conroy descendants.