The origins of the Cockynay surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Cockynay is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Cockynay may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Cockynay family
The surname Cockynay 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 Cockynay family
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Cockynay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cockynay has been recorded under many different variations, including Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockynay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockynay family to Ireland
Some of the Cockynay 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 Cockynay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cockynay or a variant listed above: 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