The Irish, Welsh and Scottish surname Conway when found in Ireland is an anglicized form of various Gaelic names, such as Mac Conmidhe, Ó Connmhaigh, or Mac Connmhaigh meaning “descendant of Connmhach,” a personal name derived from connmach meaning “head-smashing.” When found in Wales the name Conway is an habitational name from Conwy formerly Conway, a fortified town on the coast of North Wales, itself named for the river on which it stands. In Scotland it is an habitational name from Conway in the parish of Beauly, recorded c.1215 as Coneway and in 1291 as Convathe. In Ireland the Conway sept belonged to counties Clare, Limerick, &Tipperary. In 1360, the Annals of the Four Masters record the death of one Gillangnaer O' Connmhaigh.
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