The ancient roots of the Cockefield family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Cockefield comes from when the family lived in Cockfield, Durham
or in Suffolk
. Cockfield Hall is in Yoxford, Suffolk
and was originally held by the Cokefeud Family who had held it since the beginning of the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Cockefield family
The surname Cockefield was first found in Suffolk
at Cockfield, a village and civil parish near Lavenham. This village is much older than the aforementioned Durham
village at this one dates back to the 10th century when it was listed as Cochanfelde. The first record of the Durham
village was in 1223 when it was listed as Kokefeld. There are two possible meaning of the place names: "open land of a man called Cohha" derived from the Old English personal name
+ feld; and "open land frequented by cocks (of wild birds.)" 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 Cockefield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockefield research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Cockefield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockefield Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cockefield has appeared include Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockefield family to Ireland
Some of the Cockefield family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockefield family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cockefield arrived in North America very early: Ann Coffield who settled in New England
in 1758 along with her husband William.