The name Cunnay is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Cunnay was a name used for a swift runner or a timid person. The surname Cunnay is derived from the Old English words conig
which mean rabbit.
However, Cunnay may have also been an occupational
surname applied to a dealer in rabbit skins or a furrier.
Early Origins of the Cunnay family
The surname Cunnay was first found in Lincolnshire
, but the place name can be found throughout the world including Coney Arm, Newfoundland and Coney's Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Dorset
Early History of the Cunnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cunnay research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1646 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cunnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cunnay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cunnay include Coney, Coyney, Coyny, Cony, Conney, Conye, Coyney, Cony, Conny, Connay and many more.
Early Notables of the Cunnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cunnay family to Ireland
Some of the Cunnay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cunnay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cunnay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Cunnay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cunnay, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 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)