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Survey of English Place-Names

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Major Settlement in the Parish of Conington

Historical Forms

  • æt Cunictune 957 BCS1003
  • Cunintone c.1030 Thorney c.1300–25 Ass 1227
  • Coninctune 1086 DB
  • Cunitona c.1180 BM
  • Cunnington 1214 Fine 1662 Fuller
  • Cunington, Cunyngton 1227 Ass 1237 Cl 1296 FF
  • Coniton, Conyton 1235 Cl E1 BM 1303 FA 1328 FF 1330
  • Cunytun 1236 Cl
  • Conyngton, Conington E1 BM 1290 Cl 1317 FA 1318,1320,1350 Cl
  • Conynton 1283,1294 Cl 1323 Ch 1353 Cl
  • Connyngton 1585 FF
  • Conington or Cunnington c.1750 Bowen


The history of this name is not certain. On the whole the probability is that here and also in Conington (C), Cunningtun BCS 1306, we have a Scandinavianising of OE  Cyning-tun or Cyne-tun , 'king-farm' or 'royal-farm,' under the influence of ON  konungr . The more usual form both in OE and ON is with a genitival suffix, but we do find in Old English Cyngtun (BCS 1234) now Kineton (Wa) and the same form (KCD 570) for Kington (Wo), while Kingston Bagpuize (Berks) appears without an -es in Cingtuninga gemære (BCS 1047). Skeat's suggestion of derivation from an OE  pers. name Cun (n )a is, on the whole, less probable.