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The ancestors of the name Coddington date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coddington family lived in the town of Coddington, Cheshire. Although there are locations of the same name in Nottingham and Herefordshire, the Cheshire branch of the family is thought to be the source of most, if not all, cases of the name.
The surname Coddington was first found in Cheshire at Coddington, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Cotintone. Coddington is also located in Nottinghamshire (a village), Derbyshire (home of two farms) and Herefordshire (a tiny hamlet.) The Domesday Book lists Cotintone in Nottinghamshire and Cotingtune in Herefordshire.  The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Cot(t)a," from the Old English personal names + "ing" + "tun." 
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coddington are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coddington include: Coddington, Codington and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coddington research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Coddington History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coddington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Coddington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coddington or a variant listed above:
Coddington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Coddington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Coddington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Coddington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Coddington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec metuas nec optes
Motto Translation: Neither fear nor wish.
The Coddington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coddington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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