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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.


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 where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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.


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


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.


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


  • Edwin Foster Coddington (1870-1950), American astronomer
  • Boyd Leon Coddington (1944-2008), 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
  • William Coddington (1601-1678), first governor of Rhode Island


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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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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