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Coelho Family Crest / Coelho Coat of Arms

Coelho Family Crest / Coelho Coat of Arms

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The name COELHO was an Italian nickname meaning 'rabbit' or a metonymic occupational name for a dealer in rabbits. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form CUNICULUS. The name has travelled throughout Europe and into the United States in many forms which include CONY, CONIE, CONNING, CONIL, CONIGLIO, CONEJERO, CUNI and COEHLO. Early records of the name in England include Richard le Cony who appears in 1296 in County Sussex, and Robert Cony was documented in 1327, County Surrey. John Conay of County Huntingdonshire was recorded in the year 1300. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name mention Henry Coney of Ditton, Lancashire, who was recorded in The Wills at Chester in 1592. Sarah, daughter of Thomas Conny was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1585, and Samuel Coney and Elizabeth Mills were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1794. When the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current in the new land were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these mis-spelt names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed.

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