Coe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Coe surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a jackdaw. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word coo. This was in turn derived from the Old Norse word ka, which was their word for jackdaw. Thus the original bearer of this name must have reminded his contemporaries of a jackdaw and was referred to as "Coe" as a nickname.

Early Origins of the Coe family

The surname Coe was first found in Lancashire, where the Coe family held a family seat from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Osbert Ka, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Lancashire in 1188.

Early History of the Coe family

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Coe Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Coe has been recorded under many different variations, including Coe, Coes, Cowe, Kow, Cawe, Kowe, Coo, Ku, Koo and others.

Early Notables of the Coe family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Coe family to Ireland

Some of the Coe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coe migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coe or a variant listed above:

Coe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Coe, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [1]
  • Robert Coe, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Robert Coe, who sailed from Ipswich to Watertown on the ship Francis in 1634
  • Jane Coe, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Coe (1596–1689), an early English settler to America in 1635 from Thorpe-Morieux, Suffolk
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Coe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Coe, aged 52, who landed in New York in 1711-1712 [1]
  • Anthony Coe, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [1]
Coe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joshua Coe, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • John Earnst Coe, who arrived in Maryland in 1828 [1]
  • Robert T Coe, who arrived in Arkansas in 1898 [1]

Australia Coe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Matthew Coe, British convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Edward Coe, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [3]
  • Charles Coe, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" [4]
  • Miss Martha Coe, (b. 1836), aged 18, English needlewoman, from Cove, Hampshire, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Kennaway" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 8th December 1854 [5]
  • Elizabeth Coe, aged 45, a cook, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Coe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Coe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Coe, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [6]
  • Henry Coe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Hannah Coe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • George Coe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • Elizabeth Coe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Coe (post 1700) +

  • Douglas Evans Coe (1928-2017), American associate director of the Christian organization, The Fellowship
  • George Coe (1929-2015), born George Julian Cohen, an American Academy Award nominated film, stage and television actor, known for his roles in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Blind Date (1987) and The Entity (1982)
  • Wesley Coe (1879-1926), American Olympic sliver medalist for shot put at the 1904 games
  • Christine Sadler Coe (1902-1983), American author, journalist, and magazine editor
  • Michael Douglas Coe (b. 1929), American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author
  • William Rogers Coe (1901-1971), American Vice-President and Treasurer of the Virginian Railway Company
  • Barry S. Coe (b. 1934), American actor
  • Benjamin Coe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1778-79, 1797-99 [7]
  • Benjamin Coe, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County, 1777-84, 1804-06; Member of New York State Senate Southern District, 1806-12 [7]
  • Arthur Coe, American politician, Supervisor of Farmington Township, Michigan, 1933 [7]
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Herbert William Coe, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry Coe (d. 1912), aged 21, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Coe +

  • 1811 "A Folk History of the Coe Ridge Negro Colony" by William Lynwood Montell.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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