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Cunnesmen is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that 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 Cunnesmen family


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

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Early History of the Cunnesmen family

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Early History of the Cunnesmen family


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Cunnesmen Spelling Variations

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Cunnesmen Spelling Variations


Cunnesmen has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cunnesmen have been found, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.

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Early Notables of the Cunnesmen family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Cunnesmen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cunnesmen family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Cunnesmen family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cunnesmens to arrive on North American shores: 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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