name Coddrington comes from the family having resided in one of the various settlements called Coddington in the counties of Cheshire
, and Nottinghamshire
. Thus, the surname Coddrington belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Coddrington family
The surname Coddrington was first found in Gloucestershire
at Codrington, which dates back to at least the 12th century when it was listed as Cuderintuna and literally meant "estate associated with a man called Cuthhere" derived from the Old English personal name
+ ing + tun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another reference further breaks down the name Cuthhere or Cuohere as a personal name composed of the elements "cuo" meaning famous or well-known + "here," meaning army. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early History of the Coddrington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coddrington research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1668, 1710 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Coddrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coddrington Spelling Variations
Coddrington has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Codrington, Coddrington, Codrinton, Coddrinton and others.
Early Notables of the Coddrington family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Christopher Codrington (1668-1710), British soldier, slaver, bibliophile and colonial governor who upon his death bequeathed his slave plantations to found Codrington College, St. John... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coddrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coddrington family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Coddringtons to arrive on North American shores:
Coddrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jonathon Coddrington who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants
The Coddrington 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: Immersabillis est vera virtus
Motto Translation: True virtue cannot be conquered.