Cundy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cundy 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 Cundy family

The surname Cundy 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 Cundy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cundy 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 Cundy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cundy 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 Cundy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cundy family to Ireland

Some of the Cundy 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.


United States Cundy migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cundy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Cundy, aged 50, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • Eliza Cundy, aged 11, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • Elizabeth Cundy, aged 4, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • Emma Cundy, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • John Cundy, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Cundy migration to Australia +

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

Cundy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Cundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849 [6]
  • Miss Martha Cundy, (b. 1830), aged 19, Cornish nursemaid travelling aboard the ship "Duchess of Northum" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1849 [7]
  • Miss Martha Cundy, (b. 1830), aged 19 , Cornish nursemaid departing from Plymouth on 10th October 1848 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" arriving in Port Phillip, Cornwall, UK on 15th January 1849 [8]
  • Charles Cundy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 [9]
  • Phillip Cundy, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Cundy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cundy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Cundy, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • Charles Cundy, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Ann Cundy, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • John Cundy, aged 40, a builder, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Harriet Cundy, aged 39, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cundy (post 1700) +

  • Arthur C. Cundy, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Thomas Cundy the Elder (1765-1825), English architect and builder, eldest son of Peter Cundy of Restowrick House, St. Dennis, Cornwall [11]
  • Jason Cundy (b. 1969), English professional footballer
  • Thomas Cundy the Younger (1790-1867), English architect, eldest son of Thomas Cundy [11]
  • William Cundy, Australian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Australian Air Force, during World War II, credited with 5½ aerial victories


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  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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Constitution.htm
  10. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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