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The Conquest surname derives from the Old French word "conquest" meaning "conquest;" as a name it most likely evolved from a nickname.

Conquest Early Origins



The surname Conquest was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Houghton Conquest, Hugh de Beauchamp from Countess Edith, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Conquest Spelling Variations


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Conquest Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Conquest, Concwest, Conkwest, Conqueror and others.

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Conquest Early History


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Conquest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conquest research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1355, 1510, 1600, 1603, and 1607 are included under the topic Early Conquest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conquest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conquest Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Conquest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Conquest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lewis Conquest, who came to Virginia in 1649
  • Richard Conquest, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Richard Conquest, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Edm Conquest, who settled in Virginia in 1673

Conquest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Conquest, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1755

Conquest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Conquest, who was on record in New York, NY in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conquest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conquest (post 1700)




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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Conquest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conquest 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 10 August 2015 at 13:09.

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