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Where did the English Coddington family come from? What is the English Coddington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coddington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coddington family history?

The ancestors of the name Coddington date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coddington family lived in the town of Coddington, Cheshire. Although there are locations of the same name in Nottingham and Herefordshire, the Cheshire branch of the family is thought to be the source of most, if not all, cases of the name.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coddington are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coddington include: Coddington, Codington and others.

First found in Cheshire at Coddington, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Cotintone. Coddington is also located in Nottinghamshire (a village), Derbyshire (home of two farms) and Herefordshire (a tiny hamlet.) The Domesday Book lists Cotintone in Nottinghamshire and Cotingtune in Herefordshire. [1] The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Cot(t)a," from the Old English personal names + "ing" + "tun." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coddington research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Coddington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coddington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Coddington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coddington or a variant listed above:

Coddington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Coddington of Lincolnshire who arrived in Rhode Island in 1630
  • Mary Coddington, who was on record in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Mr. Coddington, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Coddington, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Stockdale Coddington, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1644


Coddington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Coddington arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Fred Coddington, who landed in Iowa in 1886
  • Mrs. J. Coddington, aged 44, who arrived in America from London, in 1892
  • Sarah Coddington, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Tolin Coddington, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1894


Coddington Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Miss Elsie Coddington, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Coddington, who arrived in America, in 1903
  • Julia Coddington, aged 60, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Emilia Coddington, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Donald C. Coddington, aged 6, who arrived in America, in 1905


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  • Edwin Foster Coddington (1870-1950), American astronomer
  • Boyd Leon Coddington (1944-2008), American owner of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop and star of American Hot Rod on TLC
  • Henry Coddington (1798-1845), Irish-born, English natural philosopher and Church of England clergyman
  • John William Coddington (b. 1937), former English footballer
  • Sir William Coddington (1830-1918), 1st Baronet, English politician
  • Deborah Coddington (b. 1953), New Zealand journalist and politician


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec metuas nec optes
Motto Translation: Neither fear nor wish.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Coddington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coddington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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