The Cunard name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in a small valley. The surname Cunard is derived from the Old English word cumb,
which means valley.
The surname Cunard belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Cunard family
The surname Cunard was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Cunard family
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Cunard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cunard has undergone many spelling variations
, including Comber, Comer, Commber, Commer, Combers, Commers and others.
Early Notables of the Cunard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cunard family to Ireland
Some of the Cunard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Cunard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cunard were among those contributors:
Cunard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J M Cunard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Cunard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Robert Cunard U.E. born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Portland [North End], Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 Grandfather of the Cunarda Line S.S. projectors CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Cunard (post 1700)
- Sir Samuel Cunard (1787-1865), Canadian-born British shipping magnate who founded Cunard Steamships Limited, now a prestigious branch of the Carnival Line cruise empire
The Cunard Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sapiens dominabitur astris
Motto Translation: A wise man can rule the stars.