The Shield is: Sable, on a bend cottised argent, a rose gules,
buttoned or, leaved vert, between two annulets gules.
Translation: The rose symbolizes Beauty and Grace. The annulet
is held to be an emblem of Fidelity
The Crest is: The bust of a moor in profile, couped at the shoulders
proper and wreated about the temples argent and azure.
The Motto is: "Fide et amore", 'Faith and love'.
Research yields two possible sources for the Irish Surname Conway. This
name may be derived from the Mac Conmhaigh, an important Thomond sept till
the end of the fourteenth century. They were one of the families who rallied
to the O'Brien cause in 1317. As early as 1360, this name is recorded in
Ireland; the Four Masters make note of the death of one Gillananaev
O'Connmhaigh, said to be the chief professor of music in Thomond in that
year. It is suggested that this name may be traceable to the old Gaelic
term "condmach" meaning "head-breaker", and was undoubtedly used
to denote one who was a fearsome warrior.
Equally, the name Conway may be an anglicized rendering of the Gaelic
name O Conbuidhe which is derived from "cu buidhe" which
means literally, "the yellow hound". This family held lands in Easky,
County Sligo, where bearers of this name may still be found today. This
family may number among their members many distinguished figures in Irish
history. Father Ricard Conway (1586-1653), who was one of the Jesuits who
helped to promote the counter-reformation in Ireland and Thomas Conway
(1735-1800), second Count Conway, the Irish exile who became a Major General,
Governor of all the French possessions in India and also a General in the
American War of Independence, are merely two of the notable bearers of this
name. This name was established in America at an early date; in Virginia
in 1623 is included one Aron Conway, a resident of James' Cittie.