Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Cockfield is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Cockfield family
The surname Cockfield 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 Cockfield family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockfield research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Cockfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockfield Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cockfield has been spelled many different ways, including Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockfield family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Cockfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockfield family to Ireland
Some of the Cockfield 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 Cockfield family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cockfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Cockfield, aged 20, a painter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Cockfield (post 1700)
- Maryann Cockfield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Sir Francis Arthur Cockfield (1916-2007), Baron Cockfield, English politician, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services (1985-1989), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1983-1984), President of the Board of Trade (1982-1983)
- Arthur Cockfield, Canadian member of the Faculty of Law at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
- Ken Cockfield (b. 1928), former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda (1949-1953)
- Errol A. Cockfield Jr. (b. 1973), Guyana-born, is the former Press Secretary to Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson