When the ancestors of the Coniton family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Cambridgeshire
, in the parish of Connington.
Early Origins of the Coniton family
The surname Coniton 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 Coniton family
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Coniton Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Coniton has been recorded under many different variations, including Connington, Connigton, Conitone, Conyton, Coniton, Conintone and many more.
Early Notables of the Coniton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coniton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Conitons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Wm. Connington, who arrived in Baltimore in 1676; William Connington, who arrived in Maryland in 1676; Naomi Connis, who arrived in Boston in 1702; Lewis
Connington, who settled in America in 1757.