The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
This surname of CUNARD is an ancient English personal name CYNEHEARD, composed of the elements CYNE (royal, kingly) and HEARD (hardy, brave and strong). Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. A notable member of the name was Sir Samuel CUNARD (1787-1856) the Canadian shipbuilder, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He succeeded early as a merchant and ship-owner, emigrated to Britain in 1838, and, for the new steam rail service between Britain and America founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, later known as the CUNARD Line. The first passage in 1840 was that of the Britannia in 14 days 8 hours. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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