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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, 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 Cunneshan family


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

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Early History of the Cunneshan family

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Early History of the Cunneshan family


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Cunneshan Spelling Variations

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Cunneshan Spelling Variations


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.

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Early Notables of the Cunneshan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Cunneshan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cunneshan family to the New World and Oceana

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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.

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