The birthplace of the surname Conach is Cornwall
, a rugged peninsula in southwestern England
that is noted for its strong Gaelic traditions. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The process by which hereditary surnames
came to be used is intriguing. As the number of inhabitants of Europe swelled, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify them. Under the Feudal
System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Although nickname
surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Conach is a nickname type of surname for a rich and successful person.
Looking back further, we find the name Conach was derived from the Cornish word connock,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Conach family
The surname Conach was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Conach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conach research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1571, 1631, 1675, 1660, 1620, 1593 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Conach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Conach Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Conock, Conick, Connick, Connock and others.
Early Notables of the Conach family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was John Conock of Treworgie; John Connock, an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1554 and 1571; John Connock (1631-ca.1675), an... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Conach family to the New World and Oceana
Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Conach surname were: John, Patrick, and Walter Connick, arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.