The name Coddrinton is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of the various settlements called Coddington in the counties of Cheshire
, and Nottinghamshire
. Thus, the surname Coddrinton 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 Coddrinton family
The surname Coddrinton 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 Coddrinton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coddrinton research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1668, 1710 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Coddrinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coddrinton 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. Coddrinton has been spelled many different ways, including Codrington, Coddrington, Codrinton, Coddrinton and others.
Early Notables of the Coddrinton 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 Coddrinton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coddrinton family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Coddrintons to arrive in North America: Jonathon Coddrington who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Robert Codrington settled in Barbados with his wife and daughter in 1678; Lieutenant Codrington also settled in Barbados in 1679.
The Coddrinton 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.