O'Connor Family Motto
I neither fear nor spurn
(nec timeo nec sperno)
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The harp that once through Tara's Hall the soul of music shed
Now hangs as mute on Tara's wall as if that soul were fled
So sleeps the pride of former days so glory's thrill is o'er
And hearts that once beat high for praise now feel that pulse no more
No more to chiefs and ladies bright, the harp of Tara swells
The chord alone, that breaks at night, its tale of ruin tells
This freedom now so seldom wakes, the only throb she gives
Is when some heart indignant breaks, to show that still she lives
by Thomas Moore 1779-1852
The Five O'Connor Crests of Ireland
History of the O'Connor Name
Map of O'Connor Septs of Ireland
Books by and about O'Connors
O'Connors on the Titanic
O'Connor Passenger Lists
Castleisland O'Connors from Casey
List of O'Connor Subscribers;1907 Kerry Book
O'Connor Household Frequency in Co Mayo Griffiths
1890 O'Connor name frequency by Irish County
An O'Connor Olympian and Patriot
O'Connor Mailing List
O'Connor Family Genealogy Forum
O'Conor Don ~ Heraldic History
1890 U.S. Census O'Connor Name Ranking
U.S. O'Connor Surname Distribution Map 1850-1990
Surprise info about our name!
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My Dingle Ancestors
Descendants of Hugh O'Connor
Buide, Toirrdelbach macRuaidrí na Saide, King of Ireland &
Died: 20 MAY 1156
Father: Gaí, Ruaidri na Saide Buide macAeda in, King of
Child 1: O'Connor, Conchobar macToirrdelbaig, King of Dublin&Leinster
Child 2: O'Connor, Ruaidrí macToirrdelbaig, King of Ireland &Connacht
Child 3: O'Connor, Domnall Mór macToirrdelbaig, Tánaiste
Child 4: O'Connor, Aed Dall macToirrdelbaig
Child 5: macToirrdelbaig, Cathal Crobderg, King of Connacht
Child 6: O'Connor, Brian Luignech macToirdelbaig
Child 7: O'Connor, Magnus macToirrdelbaig
Child 8: macToirrdelbaig, Muirchertach Muimnech
Child 9: O'Connor, Máel Isu coarb of Roscommon
macLochlainn, Muirchertach macNéill, King of Ireland
Notes: king of Cenél 1136-1143(deposed),1145-1166.
O'Connor, Ruaidrí macToirrdelbaig, King of Ireland &
Died: 2 DEC 1198
Notes: deposed 1186.
Father: Buide, Toirrdelbach macRuaidrí na Saide, King of
Child 1: macRuaidrí, Conchobar Máenmaige, King of Connacht
Child 2: O'Connor, Conchobar 'O'nDiarmata'
Child 3: O'Connor, Toirrdelbach macRuaidrí, King of Connacht
Child 4: O'Connor, Aed macRuaidrí, King of Connacht
Child 5: O'Connor, Diarmait macRuaidrí
Child 6: O'Connor, daughter
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On the death of Toirrdelbach Ua Conchobair, the Ard Rí was won by Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, king of the Uí Néill. However, Muirchertach was guilty of outrageous cruelty to some submissive chiefs, and lost the Ard Rí, and his life, to Ruadrí Ua Conchobair (Rory O'Connor), son of the previous Ard Rí, Toirrdelbach.
"O'Connor, with its variants Connor, Conner,
Connors etc., comes from the Irish Conchobhair, from the personal name
Conchobhar, perhaps meaning 'lover of hounds' or 'wolf-lover'. This was one
of the most favoured of early Irish names, and gave rise to the surname in
at least five distinct areas, in Connacht (O'Conor Don), in Offaly (O'Conor
Faly), in north Clare (O'Conor of Corcomroe), in Keenaght in Co Derry, and
in Kerry (O'Connor Kerry). The Offaly family take their name from Conchobhar
(d.979), who claimed descent from Cathaoir Mor, a second-century king of
Ireland. They remained powerful in their original homeland until the sixteenth
century, when they were dispossessed of their lands. The O'Connor Kerry were
chiefs of a large territory in north Kerry, displaced further northwards
by the Norman invasion to the Limerick borders, where they retained much
of their power down to the seventeenth century. Today, the descendants of
these O'Connors are far and away the most numerous, with the majority of
all the many O'Connors in Ireland concentrated in the Kerry/Limerick/Cork
area. However, the most famous of all the O'Connor families is that which
arose in Connacht. The ancestor from whom they take surname was Conchobhar,
King of Connacht (d.971), and direct ancestor of the last two High Kings
of Ireland, Turlough O'Connor and Roderick O'Connor, who ruled through the
twelfth century. Unlike the vast majority of the rest of the old Gaelic
aristocracy, the O'Conors of Connacht managed to retain a large measure of
their property and influence through all the calamities from the seventeenth
century on. The line of descent from the last Chief of the Name is also intact;
the current 'O Conor Don', recognized as such by the Chief Herald of Ireland,
is Denis O Conor. The family seat remains in the ancestral homeland, in
Castlerea, Co Roscommon."
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"Our name, in Irish Gaelic, is Ó Conchubhair.
Today this is pronounced owe-kru-who-ear. In other pronounciations it ranges
from owe-con-ear to owe-con-coo-ear.
The spelling of the surname varies from sept to sept - mine, above, is O'Connor Kerry - and there are regional adaptions and other approximations such as Conaire (Conroy).
The name first appears in the literature at around the start of the Christian era, with the Ard-Rí (High King) Connor MacNessa. The name Conn had been popular, but unremarkable, since the Celtic incursion into Ireland brought new nomenclature to swell and develop the existing Formorian and Milesian names. There was another king at the time, Conaire Mór, who could be considered another early variant of Connor. But it appears that Connor represented something unique, powerful and remarkable.
Connor MacNassa was one of the most highly acclaimed rulers of Ireland - we would say today that he had great karma, he was a leader of great charisma, as was John F Kennedy, Abe Lincoln, Julius Caesar and some other publicly popular, very powerful and successful rulers. His public appeal was enormous. He reigned during the time of the Táin Bó Cuailgne (the quest for Cooley's Bull) - the great saga of Cuchullain and Queen Maedb - which were heroic days indeed. He was a patron of the arts and of learning of all kinds. He opened the professions to all comers, which had previously been jealously guarded hereditary monopolies, with all of the concomitant inefficiencies and abuses.
His press was not entirely one-sided and good, however - he played the typical king's part in the story of Deirdre and the Son of Usnach, betraying Naoisi and his brothers and driving Deirdre to her death, as recounted in the famous story that is one of the Three Sorrows of Storytelling.
Connor was married to the Amazonian Maedb, the warrior-queen of Connaught, but had to separate - I suppose that even a great and wonderful king wants to be able to put his feet up at the end of a long day and enjoy a quiet pipe without the missus jabbing a spear in his throne-seat and telling him in no uncertain terms just what she wanted conquered, and not taking any lip from himself about doing it tomorrow. Connor then married her sister Ethne, and whether he was happy with her or not we have no indication, but the change of pace seems to have appealed to him and they lived together for many a day.
Now that word `conquered' appeared above, and it has a possible connection with this story. Julius Caesar some fifty-five years BC had first invaded England, having already brought Gaul into the Empire and contained the Germans and the Belgae. His title was Imperator - the commander - but the name he had given himself - Caesar - was how he was referred to by both Romans, provincials, enemies and foreigners. Later emperors took the name Caesar because it said, simply, eloquently and unmistakably `The Commander of the Roman World.' A millenium and a half later, the kings of
Russia adapted the same title as `Tsar', the Germans as `Kaiser'.
And in the Celtic world, Connor became the title of the one who triumphed, of he who won rule of the land. Perhaps it derived for Conn - but that's not important. Even today, the inherent meaning of Connor is `the wilful one.' But one thousand years later, in a once-Celtic land which had been occupied by Romans for a few centuries, and into which had streamed Danes and Norse and Angles and Saxons - as well as Irish and Scots - a foreign invader defeated local forces and established his rule on this land. Is it so acceptable to the Brits to believe that the name given to William by the locals - Conqueror - derived from the Irish / Celtic Connor (pronounced con-coo-ear) rather from the postulated 'conquirre' of Latin, a term apparently cobbled together in medaevial times and interpreted today as `questing together'?"
Last Updated May 1, 1997 by Hugh O'Connor
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"O'Connor or O'Conor is perhaps the most illustrious of all Irish surnames, though this view would, no doubt, be disputed by the O'Neills, the O'Briens, the O'Donnells and one or two other great and famous septs. It is borne by six distinct septs located in different parts of the country of whom four survive in considerable numbers. The most important are the O'Connors of Connacht - the main branches of this sept being O'Conor Don, O'Conor Roe and O'Conor Sligo. these are descended from Conchobhar, King of Connacht (d. 970), and the last two High-Kings of Ireland were of this line, viz., Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1198), both of whom were progressive monarchs. Their direct descendant, as certified by the Genealogical Office, Dublin Castle, is the present O'Conor Don: Denis O'Conor, and it is interesting to note that this important and aristocratic family consistently maintained its position not withstanding the fact that they remained inflexibly Catholic. Evidence of this is abundant in all the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century manuscripts.
In dealing with the landed proprietors of Connacht, among the most distinguished members of the O'Conor Don stock four O'Conors of Belnagare are outstanding in the field of culture: Charles O'Conor (1710-1791), antiquary and collector of Irish manuscripts; his two grandsons, Rev. Charles O'Conor, D.D., P.P. (1764-1828), librarian at Stowe and author, inter alia, of Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores Veteres, and Matthew O'Conor (1773-1884), author of History of the Irish Catholics etc; and Charles Owen O'Conor, O'Conor Don (1838-1906), President of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Society of Preserving the Irish Language and author of The O'Conors of Connacht. In the military sphere Cabrach O'Conor (1584-1655) and Hugh O'Conor (d.1669), respectively son and grandson of O'Conor Don, took a prominent part in the 1641-1652 wars. Three of this sept were outstanding in the Irish Brigade. More recently, one of the Roe branch, General Sir Luke O'Connor (1832-1915), who had enlisted as a private soldier in the British army, won the V.C. and a commission for his remarkable bravery at the battle of Alma.
O'Connor Kerry, as the chief of the Munster O'Connors was called, derives his name from a different Conchobhar. He was lord of an extensive area in north Kerry, but after the invasion of 1170 Anglo-Norman pressure pushed the O'Connors northwards towards the Shannon estuary. However, they still retained a considerable territory, in fact the greater part of the modern barony of Iraghticonor, which is an attempt at a phonetic spelling of Oireacht ui Chonchobhair, i.e. O'Connor's district of government: their chief stronghold in Iraghticonor was Carrigafoyle Castle. From this sept came a number of distinguished officers of the Irish Brigade in France, the best known of whom was Arthur O'Connor (1763-1852), United Irishman and later a general in Napoleons army; his brother Roger O'Connor (1761-1834), an erratic character who was also a member of the United Irishmen, and the latter's son, Fergus O'Connor (1794-1855), the Chartist.
Some of this family changed their name to Conner. The three most notable Irish-American O'Connors were of this sept: the brothers Michael O'Connor (1810-1872), and James O'Connor (1823-1890), both Catholic bishops in U.S.A., and Patrick Edward O'Connor (1820-1871), pioneer, Indian fighter and soldier in the Civil War on the Confederate side. The O'Connor sept of Kerry is at the present day much the most numerous of them all. It is estimated that there are almost 30,000 persons of the name in Ireland to-day - it comes ninth in the list of commonest surnames and the vast majority of these are from Kerry or from the adjoining counties of Cork and Limerick.
The O'Connors of Corcomroe, a barony in north Clare on the shores of the Atlantic, are still extant. The eponymous ancestor in this case was Conchobhar, lord of Corcomroe (d. 1002).
The fourth of the surviving septs was O'Connor of Offaly. O'Connor Faly, as the chief was called, was of royal descent, his ancestor being Cathaoir Mor, King of Ireland in the second century. The eponymous Conchobhar in this case was much later than Cathaoir and belongs to historical times as he died in 979. This sept was constantly engaged in war with the invader until the middle of the sixteenth century when they were vanquished and dispossessed of most of their estates. They were still in Offaly in 1689, as Col. John O'Connor was member for Philipstown in King James II's Parliament and they were represented by the family of O'Connor-Morris of the same county until quite recently.
It should be added that there was also a powerful sept of O'Connor in Keenaght (Derry), which in the twelfth century was overpowered by the O'Kanes. They are mentioned here because, though as a sept they were eliminated, families of O'Connor are still found in that part of Ulster and it may be assumed that they are descended from the once famous O'Connors of Glengiven who were of royal blood, their ancestor being Cian, son of Oilioll Olum, King of Munster in the third century.
The history of the O'Connors, particularly, those of Connacht, forms the subject of a number of books which can be consulted for detailed information concerning these important septs."
There are six distinct septs of the name. The
first are the OConnors of Connacht-the main branches being OConor Don, OConor
Roe and OConor Sligo. They are descended from Conchobhar, King of Connacht(d.970)
and claim the last two Kings of Ireland, Turlough OConnor(1088-1156) and
Roderick OConnor(1116-1198). Their direct descendant is the present OConnor
Don: Denis OConnor. It should be noted that this important family consistently
maintained its position AND remained inflexibly Catholic.
The O'Connor Kerry derive their name from a different Conchobhar who was Lord of an extensive area of Northern Kerry, but after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170, they were pushed northward toward Shannon. The OConnor Kerry sept is the most numerous sept. Estimates put the number of this sept in Ireland today at 30, 000. Some members of this sept changed their name to Conner.
The OConnors of Corcomroe, a barony in North Clare, are descended from Conchbhar, lord of Corcomroe(d. 1002) The OConnors of Offlay are descended from OConnor Faly, who in turn was descended of Cathaoir Mor, King of Ireland in the second century.
The OConnor in Keenaght (Derry) were once very powerful. In the twelfth century they were overpowered by the O'Kanes. Families of these OConnors are still found in that part of Ulster.
The OConnors of Glengiven were of royal blood, their ancestor being Cian, son of Oilioll Olum, King of Munster in the third century.
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Ballinrobe, County Mayo
History (refers to O'Connors)
Ballinrobe is one of the oldest towns in County Mayo. Established as a borough in the wake of the Norman conquest of the thirteenth century, this beautiful and historical town is bordered by Cong to the South, Lough Mask to the West, and Lough Carra and Moore Hall to the North.
A recent archaeological survey of Ballinrobe and district identified a wealth of sites and monuments dating back to the neolithic and early bronze age, including crannogs, ringforts, souterains, fulachta fiadh, standing stones, and a variety of burial sites such as cysts, barrows, hedges, and two very impressive cairns associated with the Battle of Moytura.
Evidence of early Christian and medival times can be seen in the remains of the various churches and town houses in the locality. Of particular significance is the 14th century Augustinian Priory of Ballinrobe. The O'Connors were responsible for the building of many fine churches in this part of County Mayo - Ballintubber, Cong, Shrule, and the Holy Rood church in Ballinrobe. This latter Church was erected on the site of a 7th century church built by a Chieftain named O'Ruadhain who lived in Liskillen.
Thanks to: Mayo on the Move
Septs: The Clans eventually broke up into a number of distinct septs or groups. These groups were headed by an original member of the clan and dominated a particular part of the countryside. It was not uncommon for septs from the same clan to be found in completely different parts of the country (O'Connor for example) so it is important when researching your roots to try to find out the original part of the country that your ancestors came from as this may be a completely different area from that where the 'major' sept was domicile. The sept system was an integral part of Gaelic society and survived and was even propagated by the Norman invaders. The system did not survive the English invasion and colonisation of the seventeenth century however, and it became a disadvantage to have a Gaelic sounding name.
Anglicization: The Penal laws that were enforced by the colonists
attempted to completely subjugate the Gaelic way of life. It is about this
time then, that many Gaelic names changed to their Anglo equivalent or
translation. This can cause confusion as many of the names were misinterpreted
or misspelled. (O'Connor, Connor, Conner, Conaire). There are many different
origins for Irish names today but the vast majority can be broken down into
either of three categories: Gaelic Irish, Cambro-Norman, and finally Anglo-Irish.
1) Memoirs of Charles O'Conor of Belenagare, with a historical
account of the O'Conor family by the Rev Charles O'Conor of Dublin ,1776
2) Memoir of the O'Connors of Ballintubber, Co Roscommon by R O'Conor 1859 Dublin
3) Lineal descent of the O'Connors of Co Roscommonby Roderic O'Connor 1862 Dublin
4) Historical and Genealogical Memoir of the O'Connors, Kings of Connaught by R. O'Connor Dublin 1861
5) The O'Connor Papers : thier significance to Genealogists by Dunleavy, G.W., + J.E. Dunleavy Eire-Ir 11 (2) (1976):104-18
6) The O'Connor Family: Families of Daniel and Matthias O'Connor of Corsallagh House, Achonry, Co Sligo, Ireland, A.D. 1750. Brooklyn, NY by O'Connor, Watson Burdette. 1914 (Daniel O'Connor went to Trinidad and his descendants are still to be found there whilts Matthias went to New York.)
7)The O'Connors of Connaught: An Historical Memoir- manuscript of John ODonovan LLD and state papers, public records by RT Hon. Charles O'Conor Don. Pub by Hodgis, Figgis and Co Grafton st in 1891.
8) Memoir of a Controversy Respecting the Name Borne by the O'Connors of Ballintobber, The title of Don and the Legal Representatives of the Family by Roderic O'Conor Esq.Dublin 1857
This small booklet appears to be a "family feud" committed to writing :-) I suspect that Roderic O'Conor (the author who takes great pains to show that the spelling "O'Conor" is wrong!) is the author of the later work of 1859 "Memoir of the O'Connors of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon" and would be his way of "correcting" the inaccuracies that he perceived in Weld's Statistical Survey of the County of Roscommon and which inaccuracies were apparently submitted by the brothers Owen and Matthew O'Connor.
9) Memoirs of Gerald O'Connor : of the princely house of the O'Connors of Offaly in the Kingdom of Ireland done into modern English by his kinsman William O'Connor Morris. AUTHOR O'Connor, Gerald. London : Digby, Long, 1903. 311p.
10) Connor Will Book, 1818- 20, 1853 58. National Archives.
11) O'Connor: People and Places, by Hugh W. L. Weir Ballinakella Press Whitegate, Co Clare, Ireland Tel/Fax :061-927030
The subject book, which lists several Connor/Conner/O'Connor/Connors lines a long time back, generally ending about 1900, with the final descendant generally still in Ireland.
12) O'Conor; Roderic O'Conor, 1860-1940 by Paula Murphy ISBN#: 0948524383 Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Incorporated Format: Hardcover Date Published: June 1992
13) O'CONNOR, PATRICK: The Royal O'Connors Of Connaught. Old House Press, Ireland, 1997. 80pp. 0 9529928 1 7: IR£7.00
14) A small light : ten songs of O'Connor of Carrigafoyleby Brendan Kennelly. Dublin: Gallery Press, 1979. 18p.
15) The lion of freedom : Feargus O'Connor and the Chartist movement, 1832-1842 / James Epstein Publisher London:Croom Helm, c1982
16) History of O'Connor Corcomroe Clanwritten by Brother Michael O'Connor can by purchased from Lorcan O'Connor Post Master Ennistymon, Co Clare, Ireland.
17) O'Conor Don: "WHAT IS MEANT BY FREEDOM OF EDUCATION" 1872, 52pp., stitched as issued. V.g..
18) "SPEECH OF THE O'Conor Don on The 2nd Reading of the Land Tenure (Ireland) Bill" Extracted from Hansard, 1878. 6pp., double-column. V.g..
O'Connor Passenger and Crew names on the
RMS Titanic April; 14, 1912
Titanic Third Class passengers who embarked at Queenstown:
From the RMS Titanic Crew List:
O'Connor, T./Liverpool/Bedroom steward/not saved/Victualing
'Over the green sea Mavourneen, Mavourneen,
Long shone the white sail that bore thee away,
Riding the white waves that fair summer morning,
Just like a Mayflower afloat on the bay...'
19th Century Irish Emigration ballad
This is a compilation of O'Connor and Connor extractions from passenger lists
in sources found in Family History Centers, the U.S. National Archives, and
other genealogical libraries. It contains the names, dates, ship's names,
ports of embarkation and arrival and anything else contained in the original
records. It is not complete.
1767/10/14, Ireland, ANN & MARGARET, ,Conner, Darby,,,,
1767/10/14, Ireland, ANN & MARGARET, ,Conner, James,,,,
1804/05/10, Drumcliffe Sligo,JEFFERSON, New Castle/ Phila., CONNOR,John,,,Ballyshannon
1811/05/11, Cork, RADIUS, New York, CONNOR, Jeremiah,,,,Cork
1811/05/11, Cork, RADIUS, New York, CONNOR,Mary,,,,Cork
1833-1834,Ballykelly,E.C. LEEK,#34,CONNOR,Matilda,E.C.,22,,Tamlaghtfinlagan,St. John,
1833-1834, Parish of Bovevagh, E.S. LEEKE,#35,CONNOR, Margt.,20,
New York, Quebec
1833-1834, Parish of Bovevagh, E.S. LEEKE,#35,CONNOR, Eliza.,48, New York, Quebec
1833-1834,R. C. ARDGARVIN ,#36,St. Johns,CONNOR,Wm.,24,,Drumachose
1846/04/06,,STEPHEN WHITNEY,New York,CONNOR, Mary,,,,Liverpool
1846/11/04,,JOHN R SKIDDY,New York,CONNOR, Ellen,,,,Liverpool
1846/11/04,,JOHN R SKIDDY,New York,CONNOR, Maurice,,,,Liverpool
1847/09/19,,ROSCIUS,New York via Liverpool,CONNOR,Mary,,35,,Co. Roscommon
1847/09/19,,ROSCIUS,New York via Liverpool,CONNOR,Mary,,11,,Co. Roscommon
1847/09/19,,ROSCIUS,New York via Liverpool,CONNOR,Terrence,,50,,Co. Roscommon
1847/09/19,,ROSCIUS,New York via Liverpool,CONNOR,Thomas,,20,,Co. Roscommon
1852/01/06,Wexford,RODERICK DHU,New York,CONNOR,Catherine,,,,Liverpool
1852/09/02,,RAJAH, New York, CONNOR, M.,,,,Liverpool & Tralee
1853/07/18, Kerry, PRINCETON, New York, CONNOR,
1854/05/18, Keel, JEANNIE JOHNSON,, Connor, Michael,Tralee, Quebec
1854/05/18, Ballyheigue, JEANNIE JOHNSON,, Connor, Edmond,Tralee, Quebec
1854/05/18, Ballyheigue, JEANNIE JOHNSON,, Connor, Bridget,Tralee, Quebec
1854/05/18, Ballyheigue, JEANNIE JOHNSON,, Connor, Pat,Tralee, Quebec
1854/05/18, Ballyheigue, JEANNIE JOHNSON,, Connor, Margaret,Tralee, Quebec
1803/09/06,, SUSAN, New York, O'CONNOR, Biddy, 14,,Wexford,,Dublin
1847/09/08,,ADIRONDACK,New York, O'Connor, Morris, 30, shoemaker,,,Liverpool
1847/09/08,,ADIRONDACK,New York, O'Connor, Mary, 28 ,,,,Liverpool
1847/09/08,,ADIRONDACK,New York, O'Connor, Ellen 3 ,,,,Liverpool
1847/09/08,,ADIRONDACK,New York, O'Connor, Peter, infant,,,,Liverpool
1848/02/10,,SARAH SANDS, New York, O'CONNOR, Owen,,,,Liverpool
1848/06/30,, ASHBURTON, New York, O'Conner, Maurice, 25,,,,Liverpool
1848/09/07,,NICHOLAS BIDDLE, New York, O'CONNOR,
1849/09/18,,KINGSTON, New York, O'Connor, Phillip,24,,,,Liverpool
1849/09/18,,KINGSTON, New York, O'Connor, Johannah, 21,,,,Liverpool
1849/09/18,,KINGSTON, New York, O'Connor, Thomas, 18,,,Liverpool
1849/09/18,,KINGSTON, New York, O'Connor, Maurice, 27 carpenter,,,Liverpool
1851/02/20,,NEW WORLD, New York, O'Connor, Morris, 35,,,, Liverpool
1851/11/01,,NATHANIEL G. WEEKS, New York,O'CONNOR,
For Victoria emigrant passenger lists try this: Victoria Emigration Indexes
Don't missing checking out this important resource (thanks to Al O'Brien!):
O'Connor Names Listed in Vol I- VII of " The Famine Immigrants "
The Casey Collection
O'Kief, Coshe Mange, Slieve Lougher, and Upper Blackwater in Ireland
These O'Connor names and addresses are from a list of subscribers to a Kerry/Dingle interest book published in 1907 .:
HISTORY of the NATURAL, CIVIL, MILITARY AND ECCLESIASTICAL STATE of the COUNTY OF KERRY
By PATRICK FOLEY DUBLIN 1907
*(Dingle Peninsula= Corkaguiney Barony)
O'Connor, "Mollie", Miss, Main Street, Dingle
O'Connor, Mrs., late Matron, Dingle Union
O'Connor, Tim T., Esq., Lower Main Streeet, Dingle
O'Connor, John, Esq., Holy Ground
O'Connor, Michael, Esq., N.T. Ballyferriter
O'Connor, James, Esq., Strand Street, Dingle
O'Connor, Batt. J., Esq., Mall, Dingle
O'Connor, Kate Mrs., Mall, Dingle
O'Connor, J. J., Esq., Upper Main Street, Dingle
O'Connor, Laurence, Esq., Ballyeighteragh
O'Connor, John T., Esq., Lower Main Street, Dingle
O'Connor, Ellen Mrs., Cloghane, Ventry
O'Connor, John, Esq., Railway Guard
O'Connor, "Friend", Lispole
NASA Astronaut Bryan D. O'Connor (Colonel, USMC)
Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058
NAME: Bryan D. O'Connor (Colonel, USMC)
BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born September 6, 1946, in Orange, California, but considers Twentynine Palms, California, to be his hometown. His parents, Colonel (USMC, Retired) and Mrs. Thomas J. O'Connor, reside in Twentynine Palms, California.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Brown hair; hazel eyes; 6 feet; 172 pounds.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Twentynine Palms High School, Twentynine Palms, California, in 1964; received a bachelor of science degree in Engineering (minor in Aeronautical Engineering) from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 and a master of science in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida in 1970.
MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Susan A. Reid of Vienna, Virginia. Her mother, Mrs. Emily Reid, resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
CHILDREN: Thomas R., September 10, 1970; and Kevin D., May 14, 1973.
RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: He enjoys model ship/airplane building, scuba diving, rowing, racquetball, squash, swimming, and music.
SPECIAL HONORS: Marine Basic School Platoon Honor Man; Test Pilot School Distinguished Graduate Award; Defense Superior Service Medal. Recipient of NASA Space Flight Medal (1985), and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals (1988, 1989).
EXPERIENCE: O'Connor began active duty with the United States Marine Corps in June 1968 following graduation from the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He completed Marine Infantry Officer's Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, in December 1968, and then reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training, receiving his wings in June 1970. He served as a squadron pilot with VMA-214 at El Toro, California, where he flew the A-4E and A-4F Skyhawk light-attack aircraft. In July 1971, he returned to Kingsville, Texas as an advanced flight training instructor in the TA-4J trainer and was subsequently assigned to VMA-513, the first Harrier squadron home-based at Beaufort, South Carolina. As a squadron pilot, he deployed with VMA-513 to Iwakuni, Japan, and Kwangju, Korea, and completed a 6-month cruise aboard USS GUAM in the Mediterranean. O'Connor is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School and served as a test pilot with the Naval Air Test Center's Strike Test Directorate at Patuxent River, Maryland. During this 3-1/2 year assignment, he participated in evaluations of various conventional and VSTOL aircraft. From June 1977 to June 1979, he was the Naval Air Test Center project pilot for all AV-8 Harrier projects, including the first Navy preliminary evaluation of the YAV-8B advanced Harrier prototype. When informed of his selection by NASA, he was serving as the Harrier class desk officer at the Naval Air Systems Command. He has logged more than 5,000 hours flying time -- including 4,300 hours in jet aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: O'Connor was selected as an astronaut in May 1980. He was a T-38 chase pilot for STS-3, and was CAPCOM for STS-5 through STS-9. O'Connor was assigned as pilot on STS 61-M. When that mission was canceled after the Challenger accident, he served as Assistant to the Shuttle Program Manager from March 1986 until February 1988, and as Chairman of NASA's Space Flight Safety Panel from September 1986 to February 1989. From August 1989 to April 1990 he was Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations. He is a veteran of two space missions and has logged over 383 hours in space. In 1985 he served as pilot on the crew of STS 61-B, and in 1991 commanded a seven person crew on STS-40.
On his first mission O'Connor was pilot on the crew of STS 61-B. The Orbiter Atlantis was launched at night from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 26, 1985. During the mission the crew deployed the MORELOS-B, AUSSAT II, and SATCOM K-2 communications satellites, conducted two six-hour space walks to demonstrate Space Station construction techniques with the EASE/ACCESS experiments, operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis (CFES) experiment for McDonnell Douglas and a Getaway Special (GAS) container for Telesat, Canada, conducted several Mexican Payload Specialist Experiments for the Mexican Government, and tested the Orbiter Experiments Digital Autopilot (OEX DAP). This was the heaviest payload weight carried to orbit by the Space Shuttle to date. After completing 108 orbits of the earth in 165 hours, STS 61-B Atlantis landed on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on December 3, 1985.
More recently, O'Connor commanded the crew of STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-1), a dedicated space and life sciences mission, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 5, 1991. SLS-1 was a nine day mission during which crew members performed experiments which explored how humans, animals and cells respond to microgravity and readapt to earth's gravity on return. Other payloads included experiments designed to investigate materials science, cosmic radiation, and the accelerations on the vehicle resulting from various maneuvers on orbit. Following 146 orbits of the earth, Columbia and her crew landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 14, 1991, to perform the first high speed nosewheel steering test on a concrete runway. Completion of this flight logged him an additional 218 hours in space.
Thanks to: NASA
First Catholic ever nominated for President
O'Connor, Charles (1804-1884), nationally-famed New York attorney
and prosecutor of the Tweed Ring, was nominated in 1872 for the Presidency
of the United States by the "StraightOut Democrats" who refused to accept
Horace Greeley, the regular Democratic candidate. Son of the 1798 exile Thomas
O Connor, he was the first Catholic ever nominated, though he declined to
O'Connor, Thomas (1770 1855), a United Irish refugee exile, became
a leader of Tammany Hall, a city commissioner, and (1842) candidate for mayor
of New York He also edited The Shamrock, the first Irish-American newspaper,
published in New York City.
Most Frequent Surnames in Irish Counties;
Sorted by Surname
"A Good place to start if you have no specific information on where you family was from in Ireland. Unless the word "only" appears in the Occurrances column, the names listed quite probably are found in other counties also. Remember too that millions had left Ireland between 1845 and 1890 so it is possible that many names may have disappeared not only from Counties, but also from Ireland entirely. That is depressing, but it is the fact."
1906... in that year's olympics this incident
happened at the presentation of a gold medal for the "Hop Step and Jump"
(triple jump) to a Brit :
" WHEN THE UNION JACK WAS HOISTED AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE MEDAL .... He (the gold medal winner) CLIMBED THE FLAGSTAFF AND REPLACED IT WITH THE FLAG OF HIS NATIVE LAND... IRELAND.
THE FIRST IRISH FLAG TO BE FLOWN FOR AN OLYMPIC VICTORY WAS THERE TO PROCLAIM HE HAD WON FOR IRELAND, RATHER THAN FOR BRITAIN.
In 1906 this same gold medalist, won a WORLD RECORD for the LONG JUMP."
From a history of the O'Connors of Ireland.... that Irish Patriot mentioned above, the Olympic gold medalist, was a Peter O'Connor of Thurles Ireland.
Triple Jump Peter O'Connor, GBR/IRL Mark: 46- 21/4 1906 Athens
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The O'Connor Kerry of Carrigafoyle
Princes of Kerry
Lords of Irachti-Connor
This was built in 1490. It was the chief tower house of the O'Connor, kings and princes of Kerry, Lords of Iraghticonnor and Lords of Tarbert. The castle was attacked many times by Elizabethan forces and finally subjugated by the army of Oliver Cromwell. The castle was abandonded in 1660.
Mr. Cornelius M. Conner, Prince of Kerry
Chieftain of the O'Connor Kerry Clan
Manch House, Ballineen
O'Conor Don ~
Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, didn't mince words in the 1912 edition of A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland, when he prefaced the pedigree of the then O'Conor Don in the following terms:
"No family in Ireland claims greater antiquity and no family in Europe, royal or noble, can trace its descent through so many generations of legitimate ancestors."
Irish Roots Issue No 35. 2000 Third Quarter Number 3, page 4:
Death of O'Conor Don
Denis O'Conor Don, President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, who died on 10 July aged 88 years, belonged to one of the oldest families in Europe. The O'Conors descend from the kings of Connacht and high kings of Ireland. For that reason, the had of the family is regarded as the senior hereditary chieftain of Ireland and has been styled the 'O'Conor don' since the fourteenth century. According to the obituary published in the Irish Times on Saturday 22 July 'it is generally acknowledged that the holder of the title would be the foremost claimant to the Irish throne, if one were porposed. over the last few hundred years, members of the O'Conor family have continued to contribute to the social, political, cultural and religious life of Ireland. The fact that they remained staunchly Catholic during the dark days of the Penal Laws in the eighteenth century , is a source of great pride.' Born in London in 1912, the son of Chalres William O'Conor and Evelyn Lowry-Cowrry, Denis inherited his tittle in 1981 form his cousin Fr. Charles O'Conor, a Jesuit priest. Since inherititng the O'Conor Don title, Denis used his position to promote an interest in our national heritage from genealogy, local history to archaeology. He became President of the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society in 1991 and President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 1999. Members remember with sincere fondness the tales of his long and distinguished carrer and life, with which he regaled us over a pint or two following the Society's open meetings which he loved so much. He is survived by his wife Rosemay (nee O'Connell Hewett) and three sons. Desmond, Kieran and Rory. A young daughter, Gail, died at the age of thirteen years. Desmond, Denis's eldest son by his first wife Elizabeth Marris, inherits the ancient Irish Gaelic title of O Conchubhair Donn [From the Genie Gazette]
O'Connor is the
530th most popular surname in America
(Ranking according to the 1990 census)
MORROW 0.022 35.741 525
KIRK 0.022 35.763 526
RANDALL 0.022 35.785 527
ANTHONY 0.022 35.807 528
WHITAKER 0.022 35.829 529
OCONNOR 0.022 35.851 530
SKINNER 0.022 35.873 531
WARE 0.022 35.895 532
MOLINA 0.022 35.916 533
KIRBY 0.022 35.938 534
Dear O'Connor researchers,
I just found out something about our name that I wanted to share with you. Ready to be surprised? There are numerous misusages of Gaelic to English, the most pervasive of which is the apostrophe in the family names such as O'Connor ! Get this:
The Irish noun Ó (with an accent above) means descendant..... It has been and is confused with the contraction of the preposition "of ", as in jack o'lantern. Bottom line is, our names never should have had an apostrophe!
I am sure some of you have come across our name spelled in gaelic, but for those who havent; heres how the name looks in Gaelic (at least in the west Dingle [Munster] version of Irish) :
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Maurice (Morris) Hugh O'CONNOR (in Gaelic: Ó Conchúir) b. Feb 11, 1821 Clash, Kilquane Civil Parish, Ballyferriter RC Parish, Dingle PLU, Corkaguiny Barony, County Kerry, Ireland (which is in the North Western tip of the Dingle Peninsula, in the foothills of Mount Brandon) .
d. Oct 21, 1898 buried at St Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont, USA
Parents of Maurice: Hugh O'CONNOR and Johanna FITZGERALD of Ballynavenoorah married Jan 21, 1810 Ballyferriter, Corkaguiney Barony. Children: Edmund 1810, Hugh 1812?, Catherine 1814, Sean 1816, Margaret 1818, Maurice 1821, James 1823.
Parents of Catherine: James Martin of Garrane, Kilmalkedar Civil Parish, County Kerry and Catherine MORIARTY married before 1807. Ballyferriter Parish. Children: Ellen 1809, John 1812, Daniel, 1816, Catherine 1818, Margaret 1821, James 1829 ...all born in Ballyferriter Parish.
Catherine Martin O'Connor was supposedly to have emigrated thru Quebec for Upper Canada with her brothers James and John Martin appx July of 1847. (after Oct 26,1846 when first son Hugh born, in Kerry) but possibly missed this emigration date for unknown reasons.
Maurice possibly emigrated to the US in 1847, and could not find his wife who was seperated from him due to "adversities of fortune". Maurice put an ad in the Boston Pilot looking for Catherine in Nov of 1847.... Somehow they reunited by Aug of 1848 and he ended up working laying track for the new railroads being built thru New England. When the job on the railroad thru Brattleboro, Vt ended there, that's why and where Maurice settled. Maurice worked as a brakeman for the railroad most of his life residing in Brattleboro until his death months after seeing his grandson graduate from the Univ of Vermont medical school as a Doctor.
1) Edmund O'Connor b. 1850
Wardsboro d. 1870 m. Oct 1870 Nellie GREANEY of Holyoke Ma
2) James O'Connor b. 1852 Brattleboro resided Hartford, Ct d. some time after 1924
3) Mary C. O'Connor b. 1856 Brattleboro d.1937 Brattleboro
4) Johanna A. O'Connor b.1857 Brattleboro "Josie Connors" Spouse: Patrick HEFFERON
5) John J. O'Connor b. June 17, 1849 Brattleboro or Holyoke d. April 04,1936 in Hartford,CT, Occupation.: Mason/Builder. Married July 14, 1874 in Brattleboro, Vt. USA , St Michaels Roman Catholic Church.
John James O'Connor
Children surviving to adulthood
of John O'Connor & Mary Heffron :
John James O'Connor MD b. 1876 d. 1900 Grad of Univ of Vermont 1898
Catherine O'Connor WEEKS b. 1878 d. 1965 AKA"Kate" Spouse: Francis WEEKS
Charles R. O'Connor b. 1885 d. 1959 Spouse: (Susana) Isabel GORMAN
George Francis O'Connor b. 1889 d. 1984 Spouse: Agnes St.CYR
(AKA "Shorty Connors", my grandpa)
Mary Heffron with her children,
Kate, John, Charles and George
University of Vermont Medical School
John J. O'Connor
Class of 1898
1 Hugh O'Connor b: Abt. 1785 Clash, Kilquane
Corkaguiny, Co Kerry d: Clash
.. +Johanna FitzGerald b: Abt. 1790 Ballynavenooragh m: Jan 21, 1810 Ballyferriter d: Clash
......... 2 Edmund? O'Connor b: Dec 09, 1810
......... 2 Hugh O'Connor b: Abt. 1812 Clash d: Clash
............. +Johanna Ahern b: Tobar, Liospoil m: Abt. 1853 d:aft 1911 Clash
.................... 3 Edmund O'Connor b: Jan 17, 1854 d btw 1901 and 1911
........................ +Elizabeth b: Abt. 1870
.................... 3 Mary O'Connor b: Dec 30, 1855 Clash
.................... 3 John O'Connor b: Jan 15, 1858 Clash
.................... 3 Catherine O'Connor b: Mar 25, 1860 Clash d: USA
.................... 3 Johanna O'Connor b: Dec 01, 1862 Clash
.................... 3 James O'Connor b: Aug 20, 1865 Clash
.................... 3 Margaret O'Connor b: Dec 15, 1867 Clash
.................... 3 Eugene O'Connor b: Sep 05, 1869 Clash Kilquane Co Kerry d: Clash
........................ +Ellen "Nellie" O'Connor b: Ballybeg, Ventry m: Feb 27, 1897
Father: Timothy Connor
........................ 4 Mary O'Connor b 1899 d bef 1911
........................ 4 Kate O'Connor b 1901
........................ 4 John O'Connor b 1903
........................ 4 Hannah O'Connor b 1908
........................ 4 Michael O'Connor b 1910
.................... 3 Hugo H. O'Connor b: May 01, 1872 Clash d: aft 1911Clash
........................ +Mary Bowler b abt 1881 m: Abt. 1907 d aft 1911
........................ 4 Kate b 1908 Clash
........................ 4 Mary O'Connor b 1909 Clash
........................ 4 John O'Connor b Mar 1911 Clash
......... 2 Catherine O'Connor b: Feb 16, 1814 Clash d: Baile Chnocain
............. +Unknown Begely
......... 2 John Hugh O'Connor b: Apr 07, 1816 Clash d: Kilcooly
............. +Ellen O'Sullivan b: Kilcooly m: Feb 13, 1844 Ballyferriter d: Kilcooly
.................... 3 Ned Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: Feb 16, 1845 Kilcooly d: Kilcooly
........................ +Katie Hannifin b Lisdargan
.................... 3 Margaret Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: Sep 27, 1847 Kilcooly
d: 1882 Ballyferriter
........................ +Pat Manning m: Feb 20, 1867
.................... 3 Sean Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: Abt. 1850 Kilcooly
........................ +Maire Walker b: Dec 1874 Ballyferriter
.................... 3 Catherine O'Connor b: Jan 09, 1853 Kilcooly d: Kilcooly
.................... 3 Joan Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: Jul 20, 1855 Kilcooly
........................ +O Suilleabhain
.................... 3 Cait Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: May 24, 1857 Kilcooly d: Baile an Chota
........................ +Unknown Garvey
.................... 3 Maire Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: Apr 26, 1860 Kilcooly d: Cathair Bo Sein
........................ +Unknown Ceilleachair
.................... 3 Maurice O'Connor b: Dec 08, 1862 Kilcooly
.................... 3 Seamus Sheain Aodha O'Connor b: May 21, 1866 Kilcooly
........................ +Unknown O huallachain
......... 2 Margaret O'Connor b: Nov 24, 1818 Clash d: Cuthair Aird
............. +Unknown Curran
......... 2 Maurice Hugh O'Connor b: Feb 11, 1821 Clash, Kilquane,Corkaguiny, Dingle PLU,
Co Kerry d: Oct 20, 1898 Vernon St. Reed Hill, Brattleboro, Windham Co,Vt
............. +Catherine Martin b:Nov 08,1818 Garrane, Kilmalkedar, Corkaguiny, Dingle PLU,
m: Feb 22,1846 Ballyferriter, Dunurlin, Co Kerry d: Dec 10, 1886 BrattleboroVt
Father: James Martin Mother: Catherine Moriarty
.................... 3 Hugh O'Connor b: Oct 26, 1846 Ballyferriter RC Parish, Co Kerry
.................... 3 John James O'Connor b:Jun 17,1849 ?Holyoke, Ma. d: Apr 04, 1936 Hartford, Ct.
........................ +Mary Heffron b: Abt. Nov 01 1850-53 Hollymount, Co Mayo>Putney Vt
m: Jul 15, 1874 Brattleboro, Vt. d: May 07, 1931
Father: Robert Heffron Mother: Bridget Murphy
.................... 3 Edmund O'Connor b: 1850 Wardsboro Vt d: 1870 m: Oct 12, 1870 Brattleboro,Vt
........................ +Nellie Greaney b: 1850 IRL Father: Michael Greaney Mother: Bridget Bowler
.................... 3 James O'Connor b: 1852 BrattleboroVtd: Aft. 1924 Hartford, Ct.?
.................... 3 Mary C. O'Connor b: 1856 BrattleboroVt d: 1937 Brattleboro, Vt
.................... 3 Johanna A. O'Connor b: Jul 03, 1857 Brattleboro,Vt
........................ +Patrick Robert Heffron b: Mar 06, 1855 m: Sep 02, 1891 Brattleboro,Vt
d: Dec 25, 1909 BrattleboroVt Father: Robert Heffron Mother:Bridget Murphy
......... 2 James O'Connor b: Apr 13, 1823 Clash d: Ballybreac
............. +Unknown Griffin d: Ballybreac
.................... 3 John O'Connor b: Baile Breac d: Baile Breac
........................ +Unknown Begley
.................... 3 Peig O'Connor b: Baile Breac d: Baile Bhinurach
........................ +O Moriarty
.................... 3 Nell O'Connor b: Baile Breac d: Bothar/Baile Bhinurach
........................ +Unknown Moriarty
.................... 3 Kate O'Connor b: Baile Breac
.................... 3 Joan O'Connor b: Baile Breac
.................... 3 Mary O'Connor b: Baile Breac
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