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Coonan was a name for a personal name Conan, which means little hound. The name could also be a local name from the land of Conan in Kincardinshire. In this situation, the name would have been a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area.

Coonan Early Origins



The surname Coonan was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where Adam filius Conani was probably the first recording of the name in 1292. A few years later, Conan of Balquhidder rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296.

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Coonan Spelling Variations


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Coonan Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Coonan include Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.

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Coonan Early History


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Coonan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coonan research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Coonan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coonan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coonan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coonan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coonan In Ireland


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Coonan In Ireland



Some of the Coonan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 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



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North Ameri ca. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Coonan:

Coonan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Coonan, who landed in Baltimore in 1826
  • Michael Coonan, who arrived in New York in 1855
  • Michael Coonan, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Frank Coonan, who was naturalized in New Orleans between 1863 and 1868
  • Lawrence Coonan, who was naturalized in Washington in 1895

Coonan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Coonan, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Coonan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Coonan, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer"
  • Mary Coonan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer"
  • Sarah Coonan, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Wanderer"
  • John Coonan, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851
  • Sarah Coonan, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Wanderer" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coonan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coonan (post 1700)



  • Helen Coonan (b. 1947), former Australian politician, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (2004 to 2007)
  • Daniel Coonan (b. 1974), English stage and television actor
  • Donal Coonan (b. 1981), English actor, writer and presenter
  • Helen Lloyd Coonan (b. 1947), Australian politician

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Coonan Historic Events


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Coonan Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Bevis Royal Coonan (1920-1941), Australian Acting Leading Seaman from Mount Hawthorne, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Coonan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    11. ...

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