Type Surname (from location)
Other Forms FormsConwy
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Meaning & History
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy may mean "holy water" in Welsh.As a Scottish surname it derives from the name of a place in Beauly parish which historically was the district where the local lord billeted his household troops, probably meaning "billet, free quarters" from Gaelic coinmheadh.As an anglicized Irish surname, it represents various Gaelic names, including Mac Conmidhe, Ó Connmhaigh or Mac Connmhaigh, and Ó Conbhuide.