Cunning is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from Gunwyn deriving its origin from the Old English gundwein
, which meant "battle friend."
Early Origins of the Cunning family
The surname Cunning was first found in Surrey
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cunning family
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Cunning Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cunning has undergone many spelling variations
, including Gunning, Guning and others.
Early Notables of the Cunning family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cunning family to Ireland
Some of the Cunning family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Cunning family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cunning were among those contributors:
Cunning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Cunning, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Cunning Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Imperio regit unus aequo
Motto Translation: One governs with just sway.