The ancient Scottish name Conain is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a personal name
Conan, which means little hound.
The name could also be a local
name from the land of Conan in Kincardinshire. In this situation, the name would have been a topographic
or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area.
Early Origins of the Conain family
The surname Conain was first found in Kincardineshire
(Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland
, and part of the Aberdeenshire
Council Area since 1996, where Adam filius
Conani was probably the first recording of the name in 1292. A few years later, Conan of Balquhidder rendered homage to King Edward I
on his brief conquest of Scotland
Early History of the Conain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conain research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Conain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Conain Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Conain has appeared Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.
Early Notables of the Conain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Conain family to Ireland
Some of the Conain family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Conain family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Conain name: Christopher Conant who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623; as did Roger and his wife in the same year; Roger Conant and his wife settled in Maine in 1623.