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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Coytmore, Cotmore, Cottmore, Coyttmore, Cotmour, Coytmour and many more.

First found in Carnarvonshire (Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England. The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coit research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1444, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Coit History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Coit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coit Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Coit, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634

Coit Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • W H Coit, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  10. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
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The Coit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coit 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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