The Irish surname Condon is an anglicized form of Gaelic Condún, itself a Gaelicized form of the Anglo-Norman habitational name de Caunteton. This seems to have been imported from Wales, but probably derives ultimately from Caunton in Nottinghamshire,The north-eastern division of county Cork, close to the adjoining counties of Limerick and Tipperary, was possessed by the Condons and is now called the barony of Condons, their principal stronghold being the Castle of Cloghleagh near Kilworth. In 1605, David Condon in a letter to the Secretary of State, described himself as "Chief of his sept". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of de Cauntenton, which was dated circa 1170, "Medieval Records of Munster", during the reign of King Rory O' Conor, High King of Ireland, 1166 - 1198.
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