Coniston is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Coniston family lived in Cambridgeshire
, in the parish of Connington.
Early Origins of the Coniston family
The surname Coniston was first found in Cambridgeshire
, at Conington, a parish, in the union of St. Ives, hundred
of Papworth. "The lordship, together with the ancient castle, of which there are some vestiges in the village, was given by Canute to Turkill, a Danish lord, who, taking advantage of his residence among the East Angles, invited over Sueno to plunder the country. After Turkill's departure it fell to Waldeof, Earl of Huntingdon
, who married Judith, niece to the Conqueror, from whom it descended to the royal line of Scotland
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Accordingly, the place name literally means "The king's manor, the royal estate," from the Old Scandinavian word "konunger" + the Old English word "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
It was listed twice in the Domesday Book
of 1086, once as Coninctune and secondly as Cunitone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Coniston family
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Coniston Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Connington, Connigton, Conitone, Conyton, Coniton, Conintone and many more.
Early Notables of the Coniston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coniston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Coniston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Coniston, aged 25, who landed in Quebec in 1835