Connolly Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Connolly Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Connolly

The origin of the name Connolly was found in the archives. Meaning 'Valiant', variants of Connolly include Connelly, Conley and McConley. These two last variants of Connolly are found in the Oriel Counties and to a lesser extent in Munster. The O'Connollys are descended from two Irish Gaelic septs. They were O'Conghaile of Connacht and Monaghan and O'Coingheaiaigh of Munster. The sept associated with County Monaghan was one of the four tribes of Tara, later being forced out of their territory by the Anglo-Norman invasion. The Munster Connollys were well established in Cork but found they were subject to the power of the O'Donovans. In modern times the name is most numerous in Counties Galway, Monaghan and Cork. The foremost Munster Connolly was William Connolly, reputedly once the richest man in all of Ireland .
The Connolly 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 Connolly descendants.
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