First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Conwy
Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish: Anglicized form of various Gaelic names, such as Mac
Conmidhe (see McNamee); Ó Connmhaigh or Mac
Connmhaigh (‘descendant (or son) of Connmhach’, a personal
name derived from connmach ‘head-smashing’), also Anglicized as
Conoo; and Ó Conbhuide (‘descendant of Cú
Bhuidhe’, a personal name composed of the elements cú
‘hound’ + buidhe ‘yellow’).
- Welsh: habitational name
from Conwy formerly Conway, a fortified town on the coast of North Wales, itself named
for the river on which it stands.
- Scottish: habitational name from Conway in the parish of Beauly, recorded
c.1215 as Coneway and in 1291 as Convathe. It
probably gets its name from Gaelic coinmheadh ‘billet’, ‘free
quarters’, being so named as the district in which the local lord’s
household troops were billeted.
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