Cundey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cundey is thought to be ultimately derived from Middle English, Old French word "conduit," which denoted a water channel. As a name it is assumed that the first bearer of the name lived near a canal of some kind.

The first record of the family was found in "Conde, near Bayeux where Arnfrid Camerarius witnessed a charter in Normandy 1066. In 1086 he held 26 lordships in Barony in England [1]. Robert, his son, gave his estate of Condy to Holy Trinity, Caen, 1082. He is named Robert de Condy in England 1103. His brother Audin de Condy was Bishop of Bayeux 1112, and Turstin de Condy Archbishop of York 1119. Another brother, Richard de Condy companied Duke Robert to Palestine 1096." [2]

Early Origins of the Cundey family

The surname Cundey was first found in Yorkshire where a Roger de Cundi was on record in circa 1150. The records of the Templars show Aliz de Condi in 1185 in Lincolnshire. The Pipe Rolls of 1200 for Lincolnshire show Nicholas Cundy. [3]

Further to the north in Scotland, "there was at one time a family of Condie of that Ilk, who derived their name from the lands of Condie, near Forgandenny, Perthshire. John de Conady is in record in Perth in 1414." [4]

Early History of the Cundey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cundey research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1340, 1414, 1541, 1682, 1717, 1688, 1737, 1688 and are included under the topic Early Cundey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cundey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Condy, Condie, Conedy, Conndy, Conndie, Caundie, Caundy, Cundie, Cundy, Coneday, Conady, Connedie, Caunedy, Caunnday, Caundey, Coundey, Conday, Condey, Connidy, Cunnidie, Cuneday, Cunady, Cunnedie, Caunidy and many more.

Early Notables of the Cundey family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cundey family to Ireland

Some of the Cundey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Cundey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cundey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Cundey, (b. 1823), aged 26, Cornish miner from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 15th January 1849 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Cundey, (b. 1822), aged 27, Cornish housekeeper from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 15th January 1849 [5]
  • Miss Mary Anne Cundey, (b. 1848), aged 10 months, Cornish settler from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 15th January 1849 [5]
  • Miss Elizabeth Cundey, (b. 1846), aged 2 years 7 months , Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Cornwall, UK on 15th January 1849, she died 7th December 1848 [5]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf


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