surname Cunard
Could you tell me the meaning of this surname please?Thanks in advance
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"Strong King"From the Old English "cyne" (meaning "kingly") and "heard" (meaning "hardy").-- Nanaea
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I would think it meant duck, or related to it. Canard = duck in French.
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It looks and sounds French, but no, it's English and Nanaea's explanation stands.
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Ducks and other things that float on the water...Thank you, Jim Young.And, yes, Sabryna, I see what you mean -- the name deceptively looks and sounds French! But it's not, and it has nothing to do with ducks. Although a famous Cunard *was* associated with other things that float on the water. :)Sir Samuel Cunard, a Canadian-born member of the British Empire who was granted the title of baronet by Queen Victoria, gave his name in the 19th century to his famous shipping line, which later became noted for luxury cruise ships. Today, the Cunard line is owned by the Carnival Cruise Company.-- Nephele

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