Connoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Connoy is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Connoy is derived from the Old English words conig and cony, which mean rabbit. However, Connoy may have also been an occupational surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.

Early Origins of the Connoy family

The surname Connoy was first found in many counties throughout ancient Britain. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard Conni, Salop (Shropshire) and John Conay, Huntingdonshire. [1]

"Sire Hubert and Sire William de Coni held lands from Philip Augustus c. 1204. Robert Coignee occurs in Gloucester 1230." [2]

One of the strongholds of the family was found in Lincolnshire where "in the 16th century Richard and Thomas Coney, father and son, who were Merchants of the Staple of Calais, owned the manor - house, Basingthorpe; the same Thomas Coney, who accumulated a great fortune and was High Sheriff of Rutland in 1573. He gave £100 towards the national fund collected for the defence of the country at the time of the expected invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588." [3]

From these early entries the name expanded to places like Coney Arm, Newfoundland and Coney's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Dorset, England.

Early History of the Connoy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Connoy research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1646, 1713, 1645, 1676, 1679, 1682 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Connoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Connoy Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Connoy has undergone many spelling variations, including Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.

Early Notables of the Connoy family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Robert Conny (also Cony) (1646?-1713), an English physician. He was the "son of John Conny, surgeon, ana twice mayor of Rochester, was born in...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Connoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Connoy family to Ireland

Some of the Connoy 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 Connoy family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Connoy were among those contributors: John Connay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865; Edmund Conney arrived in Barbados in 1680; John Conney settled in Boston in 1763; Richard Coney settled in New England in 1665.

Contemporary Notables of the name Connoy (post 1700)

  • Jason Connoy, better known as MoSS, a Canadian hip-hop record producer from Toronto, Ontario

Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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