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Where did the Scottish Conine family come from? What is the Scottish Conine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Conine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Conine family history?

To the ancient Scottish name Conine was a nickname for a personal name Conan, which means little hound. The name could also be a local name from the land of Conan in Kincardinshire. In this situation, the name would have been a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area.

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Conine has been spelled Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.

First found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where Adam filius Conani was probably the first recording of the name in 1292. A few years later, Conan of Balquhidder rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conine research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Conine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Conine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Conine:

Conine Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jane Conine, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Conine Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hance Conine, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729

Conine Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Leveret Conine, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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The Conine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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