The rich and ancient history of the Cunneshan family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes 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
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
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 Cunneshan family
The surname Cunneshan was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cunneshan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cunneshan research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1275, 1588, 1589, 1676, 1682, 1770 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Cunneshan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cunneshan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cunneshan have been found, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.
Early Notables of the Cunneshan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cunneshan family to Ireland
Some of the Cunneshan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cunneshan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Cunneshan, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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.