Coeley is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col
was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Coeley was particularly popular in Yorkshire
. Nicholas was the name of a popular saint from the fourth century, and was given to many children in England
in the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Coeley family
The surname Coeley was first found in Gloucestershire
at Coaley, a village in the union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred
of Berkeley which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Couelege and was held by King William. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "clearing with a hut or shelter," from the Old English "cofa" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Coeley family
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Coeley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Coeley have been found, including Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.
Early Notables of the Coeley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coeley family to Ireland
Some of the Coeley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Coeley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Coeley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680; and three years later John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia.