This unusual name is of medieval English origin but the original derivation is from the Roman (Latin) "Constantius" or "Constantia", the latter being the female form. As a personal name it was extremley popular. The conversion to a surname taking place from the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, when Hugo filius Constanti was recorded in Warwickshire. The earliest recording in the patronymic appears as Cunnet, John Cunnett being recorded in London c.1580, whilst Sarah Connett appears in 1605, and in 1836 Jane Connett married John Cooper at Holy Triniy Church, Newington on April 3rd, 1836 in the reign of William IV, 1830 - 1837. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Anne Connett. which was dated 1654, Baptised at St. Dunstans, Stepney. during the reign of Oliver Cromwell, The Lord Protector 1649 - 1658. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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