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The name Cofer originally descend from Cobthach Fionn, a quo O Cobhthaigh, where "cobthach" means "victorious" and "fionn" means "fair," combined to mean "the fairhaired victor." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


Cofer Early Origins



The surname Cofer was first found in County Cork, Roscommon and Meath, where the claim descent from the Irish monarch, Luy Mac Con, from the line of Ithe Kings, ancestor of Cobthach Fion, who in turn was the ancestor of the name Coffey or Caughey (both pronounced the same way). The O'Coffeys of Corcaloidhe are kin of the O'Driscolls, and are still common in southwest County Cork today.

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Cofer Spelling Variations


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Cofer Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname Cofer were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. Coffey, Caughey, Coffie, Coughey, Cauffey, Cauffy, Cauffie, Coffy, Coughay, Coffay, Coffeye and many more.

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Cofer Early History


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Cofer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cofer research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1700, 1745, 1857 and 1916 are included under the topic Early Cofer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cofer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cofer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cofer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Cofer:

Cofer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Effie Oyleth Cofer, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • James H. Cofer, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Mrs. Vernon Cofer, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Vernon Cofer, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Henrietta Cofer, who settled in America, in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cofer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cofer (post 1700)



  • Joseph "Joe" Louis Cofer (b. 1963), former American NFL football defensive back
  • John Lawrence Cofer (b. 1984), American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter
  • Michael Lynn "Mike" Cofer (b. 1960), former American NFL football linebacker
  • James Michael Cofer (b. 1964), former professional American football player
  • Susan M. Cofer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996
  • N. G. Cofer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1944
  • B. F. Cofer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1928, 1940 (alternate), 1944 (alternate), 1948 (alternate)
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952), Puerto Rican author

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Motto


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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: Non providentia sed victoria
Motto Translation: No victory without foresight


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Cofer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cofer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 September 2016 at 06:54.

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