Cockefield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.)" [1]

Early History of the Cockefield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockefield research. Another 128 words (9 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Cockefield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cockefield family

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.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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