The history of the Coett family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk
. The family was originally from Cochett in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from their residence in this location that the name derives.
Early Origins of the Coett family
The surname Coett was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Coett family
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Coett Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cocket, Cockett and others.
Early Notables of the Coett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coett family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Coett or a variant listed above were: Arthur Cocket who settled in Virginia in 1654; along with his brothers Henry and James; Francis, Henry and John Cockett settled in Virginia in 1730; Ralph Cockett arrived in New England