Conighes is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name. It was a name given to a person who was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Conighes is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Conighes may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Conighes family
The surname Conighes was first found in Lincolnshire
, but the place name can be found throughout the world including Coney Arm, Newfoundland and Coney's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Dorset
Early History of the Conighes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conighes research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Conighes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Conighes Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Conighes has appeared include Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Conighes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Conighes family to Ireland
Some of the Conighes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Conighes family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Conighes arrived in North America very early: John Connay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865; Edmund Conney arrived in Barbados in 1680; John Conney settled in Boston in 1763; Richard Coney settled in New England