The name Coyghnay is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Coyghnay is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Coyghnay may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Coyghnay family
The surname Coyghnay was first found in Lincolnshire
, but the place name can be found throughout the world including Coney Arm, Newfoundland and Coney's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Dorset
Early History of the Coyghnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coyghnay research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Coyghnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coyghnay Spelling Variations
Coyghnay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Coyghnay have been found, including Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Coyghnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coyghnay family to Ireland
Some of the Coyghnay 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.
Migration of the Coyghnay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Coyghnays to arrive on North American shores: John Connay arrived in Philadelphia in 1865; Edmund Conney arrived in Barbados in 1680; John Conney settled in Boston in 1763; Richard Coney settled in New England