The history of the name Cunnesmend begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of 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
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 Cunnesmend family
The surname Cunnesmend was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cunnesmend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cunnesmend 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 Cunnesmend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cunnesmend Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cunnesmend has been recorded under many different variations, including Kinsman, Cunesman, Kinesman and others.
Early Notables of the Cunnesmend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cunnesmend family to Ireland
Some of the Cunnesmend 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 Cunnesmend family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cunnesmend or a variant listed above: 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.