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Where did the English Cundiff family come from? What is the English Cundiff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cundiff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cundiff family history?

Cundiff is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the settlement of Concliff in the county of Lancashire. The surname Cundiff belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cundiff has been recorded under many different variations, including Cunliffe, Cuncliffe, Concliffe, Conliffe, Cunlife, Conlife, Cunliff, Conliff and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Concliffe some say at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. The name in Anglo Saxon meant "War love."


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cundiff research. Another 381 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1750, 1790, 1820, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Cundiff History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cundiff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cundiff or a variant listed above:

Cundiff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Calwin A. Cundiff, aged 43, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Lucy Cundiff, aged 44, who landed in America from Silon, in 1904
  • William Milton Cundiff, aged 55, who settled in America from Silon, in 1904
  • L B. Cundiff, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909


  • William A. "Billy" Cundiff (b. 1980), American football placekicker
  • Frederick William Cundiff (1895-1982), British soldier, politician and businessman


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: Fideliter
Motto Translation: Faithfully.


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