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The Dalriadan kingdom of ancient Scotland was the home of the ancestors of the Conyngham family. Their name indicates that they lived at Cunningham in Ayrshire. However, numerous branches of the Cunningham family spread all over Scotland. Two of the most prominent branches of the Cunningham Clan, the Cunninghams of Corsehill and the Cunninghams of Caprington, trace their ancestry back to the medieval era.

Conyngham Early Origins



The surname Conyngham was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. About the year 1050, it is said that Warnebald Cunningham saved King Malcolm Canmore by hiding him in the barn and covering him with hay concealing him from his pursuer the Pretender King, MacBeth. The grateful King Malcolm later bestowed on Warnebald the lands of Cunningham and the motto "Over Fork Over."

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Conyngham Spelling Variations


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Conyngham Spelling Variations



Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Conyngham include Cunningham, Cunninghame, Cunyngham, Cunnyngham, Cunnynghame, Cummingham and many more.

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Conyngham Early History


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Conyngham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conyngham research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1490, 1548, 1574, 1520, 1578, 1630, 1575, 1630, 1610, 1664, 1670, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Conyngham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conyngham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Conyngham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Cuthbert Cunningham, 3rd Earl of Glencairn; William Cunningham, 4th Earl of Glencairn ( c. 1490-1548), a Scottish nobleman; Alexander Cunningham, 5th Earl of Glencairn (died 1574), Scottish nobleman and Protestant reformer; William Cunningham, 6th Earl of Glencairn ( ca. 1520-1578); James Cunningham, 7th Earl of...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Conyngham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Conyngham In Ireland


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Conyngham In Ireland



Some of the Conyngham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) 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


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Conyngham or a variant listed above include:

Conyngham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Conyngham, aged 21, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Andrew Conyngham, aged 6, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Catherine Conyngham, aged 12, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • Elitia Conyngham, aged 34, landed in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • George Conyngham, aged 49, arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1804
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Conyngham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Conyngham (post 1700)



  • Gustavus Conyngham (1744-1819), Irish-born, American merchant sea captain, officer in the Continental Navy and a privateer, eponym of the USS Conyngham (DD-58), USS Conyngham (DD-371), and the USS Conyngham (DDG-17)
  • Henry Conyngham (1705-1781), 1st Earl Conyngham PC Irish nobleman and politician
  • Barry Conyngham AM, MA (b. 1944), Australian composer and academic
  • Lord Francis Nathaniel Conyngham (1832-1880), Irish politician
  • Francis Conyngham (1725-1787), 2nd Baron Conyngham, an Irish peer and politician
  • General Francis Nathaniel Conyngham KP, GCH, PC, (1797-1876), 2nd Marquess Conyngham, Irish soldier, courtier and politician
  • William Burton Conyngham (1733-1796), Irish politician, Member of Parliament for Newtown Limavady (1761 – 1777)
  • Henry Conyngham KP, GCH, PC, FSA , (1766-1832), 1st Marquess Conyngham, Anglo-Irish courtier and politician, Lord Steward between 1821 and 1830

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. 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).
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    11. ...

    The Conyngham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Conyngham 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.

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