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Angela, Other/Just Looking in Conifer, CO

my surname is Conifer, i have been trying for ages to find out where my name originates from. could it be from this very place???

Asked by Angela, Conifer, CO Fri Apr 15, 2011

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Not easy when you have an unusual surname to find the origin. The dictionary definitions already given are most likely red herrings, well I'm sure you already knew what conifers were anyway but I'm sure your ancestors weren't actual cone-bearers! In the same way, my ancestors (the Hasletts) had nothing to do with spiced meat.

However there could be a link - Haslett in fact means 'from the hazelwood', most likely in Cornwall, Ireland or Norfolk. Yours could have come from the conifer forests in Scotland.

If there is a place called Conifer then this is a possibility. But I suspect your name might not have anything to do with trees at all. I think it has come from 'Coonfair' which presumably would have been a place to buy and sell the hunting coonhounds popular in North America. So perhaps your ancestors were just dog-lovers. Which is fine by me, cos I am too!

James
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Origin of CONIFER
ultimately from Latin conifer cone-bearing, from conus cone + -fer
First Known Use: circa 1841


: any of an order (Coniferales) of mostly evergreen trees and shrubs having usually needle-shaped or scalelike leaves and including forms (as pines) with true cones and others (as yews) with an arillate fruit
— co·nif·er·ous \kō-ˈni-f(ə-)rəs, kə-\ adjective
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Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English conefere < Latin cōnifer coniferous, equivalent to cōn ( us ) cone + -i- + -fer -fer

Conifer | Define Conifer at Dictionary.comWord Origin & History. conifer. 1851, from L. conifer "cone-bearing," from conus "cone" + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Related: Coniferous (adj., 1660s). ...
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co·ni·fer   /ˈkoʊnəfər, ˈkɒnə-/ Show Spelled
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–noun
1. any of numerous, chiefly evergreen trees or shrubs of the class Coniferinae (or group Coniferales), including the pine, fir, spruce, and other cone-bearing trees and shrubs, and also the yews and their allies that bear drupelike seeds.
2. a plant producing naked seeds in cones, or single naked seeds as in yews, but with pollen always borne in cones.
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Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English conefere < Latin cōnifer coniferous, equivalent to cōn ( us ) cone + -i- + -fer -fer
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