Cunha History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cunha family

The surname Cunha was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the name Kunheim became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.

Early History of the Cunha family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cunha research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1798 is included under the topic Early Cunha History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cunha Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kunheim, Kunnheim, Kunhheim, Kunheime, Kunheimes, Kunheims, Kunheimm, Kunheimme, Kunheimms, Cunhime, Cunheim, Gunheim and many more.

Early Notables of the Cunha family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Cunha Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cunha Ranking

In the United States, the name Cunha is the 8,146th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


West Indies Cunha migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Cunha Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Mendes Cunha, who arrived in Jamaica in 1743 [3]
  • Rachel Henriques Cunha, who arrived in Jamaica in 1749 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cunha (post 1700) +

  • George David Cunha (b. 1911), American author and air force officer in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Euclides Rodrigues Pimenta da Cunha (1866-1909), Brazilian writer


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  3. ^ 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)


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