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Conway Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Conroy, Conaway, Monday, Convey, Conran, Longway, Connaway, Conaty

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Conway Family Origin

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Conway Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Conway occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Conway's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Conway family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Conway.

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Conway Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Conway. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Conway. For the veterans among your Conway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Conway Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Conway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Conway in 1940 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

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