Conkel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Conkel family

The surname Conkel was first found in early documents where it was derived from the Dutch word "konkelen" which means "plot, intrigue, conspire."

Alternatively, the name could have originated from the root name "Con," which means "bold, wise, knowing, and klein, little or son." [1]

Another source notes that name could denote a "descendant of the petty king or chieftain." [2]

Early History of the Conkel family

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Conkel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conklin, Conkling and others.

Early Notables of the Conkel family (pre 1700)

From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included those who were listed in the 1984 edition of the Report of Distribution of Surnames in the Social Security Number File which lists the surnames Conklin and Conkling collectively as the 1,178th most popular surname in the United...
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Migration of the Conkel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ananias Conklin who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635, Cornelius Conklin, who arrived in New York in 1854, N. Conkling, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850..



The Conkel Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print


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