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Where did the English Cunliffe family come from? What is the English Cunliffe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cunliffe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cunliffe family history?The ancestors of the name Cunliffe date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Cunliffe family lived in the settlement of Concliff in the county of Lancashire. The surname Cunliffe belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cunliffe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cunliffe include: Cunliffe, Cuncliffe, Concliffe, Conliffe, Cunlife, Conlife, Cunliff, Conliff and many more.
First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Concliffe some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. The name in Anglo Saxon meant "War love."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cunliffe research. Another 381 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1790, 1820, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Cunliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cunliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cunliffe or a variant listed above:
Cunliffe Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Cunliffe Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Cunliffe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Faithfully.
The Cunliffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cunliffe 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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