Cunniff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cunniff family

The surname Cunniff was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they held a family seat as chiefs of their name. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Leitrim.

Early History of the Cunniff family

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Cunniff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Conniff, Cunniff, Cunniffe, Conniffe, Coniff, MacNiff, MacAdoo, McAdoo, MacCunniffe, MacCuniff, MacEndo, MacEndoo, McNiff, McIndoo, MacIndoo and many more.

Early Notables of the Cunniff family (pre 1700)

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United States Cunniff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cunniff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Cunniff, who arrived at the port of New York in 1849
  • John Cunniff, aged 45, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Dennis Cunniff, who immigrated to San Francisco in 1851
  • Dennis Cunniff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Cunniff migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cunniff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Cunniff, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland

Australia Cunniff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cunniff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Cunniff (post 1700) +

  • Danny Cunniff (d. 1999), American teenager who died of acute myeloid leukemia; his parents raised enough money to dedicate the renaming of Danny Cunniff Park in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Rick Cunniff (1925-2005), American investment broker from Chicago, Illinois, who co-founded the investment firm, Ruane Cunniff in 1970
  • Brandon Michael Cunniff (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball pitcher from Arcadia, California who played for the Atlanta Braves in 2015
  • Richard T. Cunniff, American investment broker, co-founder of Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb in New York City in 1969
  • John Paul Cunniff (1944-2002), American NHL hockey coach and former professional player from South Boston, Massachusetts, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Jill Cunniff (b. 1966), American musician, founding member of the band Luscious Jackson


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant


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