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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. KAWN-way
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Other Forms FormsConwy

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.
Added 3/10/2012 by Megan Conway
Edited 3/12/2012 by SeaHorse15