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Where did the Scottish Conant family come from? What is the Scottish Conant family crest and coat of arms? When did the Conant family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Conant family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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


  • James Bryan Conant Ph.D. (1893-1978), American chemist, educator, author, 1st U.S. Ambassador to West Germany, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Thomas Jefferson Conant (1802-1891), American biblical scholar
  • Roger Conant (1909-2003), American herpetologist, author, educator and conservationist, Director Emeritus of the Philadelphia Zoo
  • James Ferguson Conant (b. 1958), American philosopher
  • James Wallace Conant (1862-1906), American amusement manager of the Schenley Park Casino, first manager of the Duquesne Gardens
  • Scott Conant (b. 1971), American chef, restaurateur, food personality, and cookbook author
  • Douglas Conant, American businessman, past President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company until July 31, 2011
  • Jennet Conant (b. 1959), American three-time New York Times Best Seller listed non-fiction author and journalist
  • Marcus Augustine Conant (b. 1936), American dermatologist who was one of the first physicians to diagnose and treat AIDS in 1981
  • Kenneth John Conant (1894-1984), American architectural historian



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The Conant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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 8 December 2013 at 11:00.

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