Connelly Meaning and Origin

Connelly is a unisex name of Irish origin meaning “love, friendship, strong willed.” The name is an Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic name “Ó Conghaile” which means “descendant of Conghal”, with Conghal meaning “valorous” or “strong-willed”. The Connelly surname is most commonly found in Ireland, particularly in the province of Ulster. However, it has also spread to other parts of the world, especially in the United States, Canada, and Australia, due to Irish immigration. Notable people with the surname Connelly include the American novelist Jennifer Connelly, the Irish actor John Connelly, and the American basketball player Gene Connelly.

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