Origins Available: Irish
The surname Conayn comes from the Irish surname O Cuanain (O'Conein and MacConein) and is derived from the Irish Cuinin for "rabbit", son of Dugal. They claim descendancy through the Donnelly line of the native Irish.
Early Origins of the Conayn family
The surname Conayn was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where Isaac O Cuanain was Bishop of Roscrea from 1161 to 1168. But the name was scattered throughout Ireland, some bearers being recorded in Kildare
and the surrounding counties in the 16th century. Bearers of the name Conayn were also present in County Sligo
, where O'Cunane was a principal Irish name in the census of 1659. The two baronies of County Leitrim
which border County Sligo, had the name O'Conan listed in the same census.
Early History of the Conayn family
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Conayn Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Conan, Coonan, Coonane, O'Conan, O'Cunane and others.
Early Notables of the Conayn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Conayn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter, Betty, and Michael Conan, who landed in New Bedford, Maryland in 1805; Adam Conan, who arrived in New York in 1820; Nancy Coonan, who landed in Baltimore in 1826.