The history of the name Connay begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Connay is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Connay may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Connay family
The surname Connay 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 Connay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connay research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Connay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Connay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Connay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Connay include: Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Connay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Connay family to Ireland
Some of the Connay 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
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Connay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Connay or a variant listed above:
Connay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J R Connay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- John Connay, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1865