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The name Cunnesghan originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Kynes-man which in Old English referred to a cousin or relative. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Cunnesghan family


The surname Cunnesghan was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Early History of the Cunnesghan family

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Early History of the Cunnesghan family


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Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1275, 1588, 1589 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Cunnesghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cunnesghan Spelling Variations

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Cunnesghan Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cunnesghan has appeared include Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.

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Early Notables of the Cunnesghan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Cunnesghan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cunnesghan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Cunnesghan family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cunnesghan arrived in North America very early: Robert Kinsman who arrived in America in 1634; John Kinsman who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682 and Isaac Kinsman who arrived in Colorado in 1682.

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