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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

The ancient Scottish name Conant 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.


The surname Conant 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 of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296.

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Conant has been written Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conant research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Conant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Conant 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.


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Conant:

Conant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Conant, born in Devonshire, brother of Roger, who landed in Plymouth, Mass aboard the ship "Anne" in 1623
  • Roger Conant ( c. 1592-1679), born in Devonshire, who landed in Plymouth, Mass aboard the ship "Anne" in 1623, founder of Salem, Massachusetts
  • Abigail Conant, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Ann Conant, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Margaret Conant, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • ...

Conant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Conant settled in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1823

  • Frederic Warren Conant (1892-1974), American silver medalist sailor at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Howell T. Conant (1916-1999), Senior was an American fashion photographer, best known for his portraits of the the Princess Consort of Monaco, Grace Kelly
  • Levi Leonard Conant (1857-1916), American mathematician, a specialist in trigonometry, best known for his 1896 book The Number Concept: Its Origin and Development, eponym of the Levi L. Conant Prize
  • Kenneth John Conant (1894-1984), American architectural historian
  • Marcus Augustine Conant (b. 1936), American dermatologist who was one of the first physicians to diagnose and treat AIDS in 1981
  • Jennet Conant (b. 1959), American three-time New York Times Best Seller listed non-fiction author and journalist
  • Douglas Conant, American businessman, past President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company until July 31, 2011
  • Scott Conant (b. 1971), American chef, restaurateur, food personality, and cookbook author
  • James Wallace Conant (1862-1906), American amusement manager of the Schenley Park Casino, first manager of the Duquesne Gardens
  • James Ferguson Conant (b. 1958), American philosopher
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Conant Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Conant 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 February 2016 at 10:05.

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