The origins of the Cany surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Cany is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Cany may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Cany family
The surname Cany was first found in Lincolnshire
, but the place name can be found throughout the world including Coney Arm, Newfoundland and Coney's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Dorset
Early History of the Cany family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cany research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cany Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cany has been spelled many different ways, including Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Cany family (pre 1700)
Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cany Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cany family to Ireland
Some of the Cany family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cany family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Canys to arrive in North America: John Connay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865; Edmund Conney arrived in Barbados in 1680; John Conney settled in Boston in 1763; Richard Coney settled in New England