The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Cooun family name to the British Isles. They lived in Kent
, where they held lands and a family seat
at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).
Early Origins of the Cooun family
The surname Cooun was first found in Kent
, where the Cooun family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant
in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended.
Early History of the Cooun family
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Cooun Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.
Early Notables of the Cooun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cooun family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cooun or a variant listed above: George Chown who settled in New York State in 1812; Elizabeth Chune settled in Barbados in 1670; Barney Chune settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822.