Cocksfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cocksfield is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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 Cocksfield family

The surname Cocksfield 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 Cocksfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cocksfield research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Cocksfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cocksfield Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cocksfield were recorded, including Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Cocksfield family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cocksfield family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cocksfield family emigrate to North America: 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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