The history of the Coddinton family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the town of Coddington, Cheshire
. Although there are locations of the same name in Nottingham
, the Cheshire
branch of the family is thought to be the source of most, if not all, cases of the name.
Early Origins of the Coddinton family
The surname Coddinton 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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Cot(t)a," from the Old English personal names + "ing" + "tun." 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 Coddinton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coddinton research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Coddinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coddinton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coddinton include Coddington, Codington and others.
Early Notables of the Coddinton family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Coddington High Sheriff
of Dublin; William Coddington (1601-1678) founder and 1st Governor of Rhode Island; he arrived in America... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coddinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coddinton family to Ireland
Some of the Coddinton 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coddinton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coddinton or a variant listed above: William Coddington of Lincolnshire
who arrived in Rhode Island in 1630; Mary Coddington, who was on record in Salem, MA in 1630; Stockdale Coddington, who came to Massachusetts in 1644.
The Coddinton Motto
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.