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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 and cony, which mean rabbit. However, Connay may have also been an occupational surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.

Connay Early Origins



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, England.

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Connay Spelling Variations


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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.

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Connay Early History


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Connay Early History



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.

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Connay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Connay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Connay In Ireland


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Connay In 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.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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
  • John Connay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Connay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Connay Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2013 at 14:54.

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