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

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Coon family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived at Cunningham in Ayrshire. However, numerous branches of the Cunningham family spread all over Scotland. Two of the most prominent branches of the Cunningham Clan, the Cunninghams of Corsehill and the Cunninghams of Caprington, trace their ancestry back to the medieval era.

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Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Coon has been spelled Cunningham, Cunninghame, Cunyngham, Cunnyngham, Cunnynghame, Cummingham and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. About the year 1050, it is said that Warnebald Cunningham saved King Malcolm Canmore by hiding him in the barn and covering him with hay concealing him from his pursuer the Pretender King, MacBeth. The grateful King Malcolm later bestowed on Warnebald the lands of Cunningham and the motto "Over Fork Over."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coon research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1490, 1548, 1574, 1520, 1578, 1630, 1575, 1630, 1610, 1664, 1670, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Coon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Coon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Coon arrived in North America very early:

Coon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Coon, aged 38, landed in New England in 1634

Coon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Georg Coon, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Michael Coon, aged 8, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Ueronica Coon, aged 47, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hans Jerick Coon, aged 37, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Michael Coon, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763

Coon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Coon, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • John Coon, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1849

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  • Carleton Stevens Coon (1904-1981), American anthropologist
  • Carleton Stevens Coon (1904-1981), American physical anthropologist
  • Edward William Coon (1871-1934), American inventor of the maturation process for Coon cheese
  • Gene L. Coon (1924-1973), American screenwriter and television producer, best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek
  • Jeremy Coon, American executive producer and editor, best known for his work on Napoleon Dynamite
  • S. Park Coon (d. 1883), American politician, Wisconsin Attorney General 1850-1852
  • Caroline Coon (b. 1945), English artist and founder of UK agency Release
  • Gaylord P. Coon, former Chief of Psychiatry at Harvard University
  • Jabez Coon (1869-1935), Australian politician


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  • Coon Family Genealogy and Anecdotes by George Christian Coon.
  • Coon-Gohn Descendants from Chanceford Township, York County, Pennsylvania by Frances Davis McTeer.
  • A Tale of Two Continents: Pages from the History of the Families Coon, Feurstein, Leser, Maubach, Merrill, and Wittekind by Will Schaber.
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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Coon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coon 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.

This page was last modified on 8 May 2014 at 13:44.

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