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Family name
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Region of origin Ireland, United States
Language(s) of origin Irish
Related names Conlee, Conly, Connelly, Connolly

Conley (from O′Conghaile,[1] Ó Conghalaigh) is a surname of Irish origin. It is a variant spelling of several more common names like Conly, Connelly, and Connolly. "Conly" is listed in the census of 1659 as coming from the city of Dublin. "O′Connoly" was a principal name of Monaghan in 1679.[1] 1911 60 people with the surname Conley are listed in the digitised census records of Ireland.[2]

Today 1,048 people have the surname Conley in the United Kingdom, a few less (−36) than in the 1881 census.[3] As of the 2000 US Census, 54,194 people had the surname Conley, making it the 562nd most common surname in America.[4]

People with the surname[edit]

Arts and letters[edit]

Robert Conley, reporter (1960s)


Lyda Conley, lawyer (c. 1902)


Arthur Conley, singer (1967)






Frankie Conley, boxer (1910)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michael C. O'Laughlin, ed. (2002). The Book of Irish Families, Great & Small (3rd ed.). Kansas City, MO: Irish Genealogical Foundation. p. 61. ISBN 0-940134-09-8. 
  2. ^ "1901/1911 Census, Ireland". The National Archives of Ireland. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Conley Surname Meaning and Distribution".  Retrieved 23 January 2014
  4. ^ "Genealogy Data: Frequently Occurring Surnames from Census 2000 – U.S. Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2012.