name Cofelt comes from when the family resided in Cockfield, Durham
or in Suffolk
. Cockfield Hall is in Yoxford, Suffolk
and was originally held by the Cokefeud Family who had held it since the beginning of the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Cofelt family
The surname Cofelt was first found in Suffolk
at Cockfield, a village and civil parish near Lavenham. This village is much older than the aforementioned Durham
village at this one dates back to the 10th century when it was listed as Cochanfelde. The first record of the Durham
village was in 1223 when it was listed as Kokefeld. There are two possible meaning of the place names: "open land of a man called Cohha" derived from the Old English personal name
+ feld; and "open land frequented by cocks (of wild birds.)" 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 Cofelt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cofelt research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Cofelt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cofelt 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. Cofelt has been recorded under many different variations, including Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Cofelt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cofelt family to Ireland
Some of the Cofelt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Cofelt family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cofelt or a variant listed above: Ann Coffield who settled in New England
in 1758 along with her husband William.