Cony History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Cony surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Cony is derived from the Old English words conig and cony, which mean rabbit. However, Cony may have also been an occupational surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.

Early Origins of the Cony family

The surname Cony 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 Cony family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cony 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 Cony History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cony 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 Cony 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 Cony include: Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.

Early Notables of the Cony 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 Cony Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cony family to Ireland

Some of the Cony 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.


United States Cony migration to the United States +

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 Cony or a variant listed above:

Cony Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Cony, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [4]
Cony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Cony, who landed in New York NY in 1817 [4]

Canada Cony migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cony Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Cony, who landed in Canada in 1832

Contemporary Notables of the name Cony (post 1700) +

  • Carlos Heitor Cony (1926-2018), Brazilian journalist and writer, 5th Academic of the 3rd Chair of the Braziliam Academy of Letters (2000-2018)
  • G. Cony Weston, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1944 [5]


  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.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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