name Coffal comes from the family having 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 Coffal family
The surname Coffal 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 Coffal family
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Coffal Spelling Variations
Coffal has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.
Early Notables of the Coffal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coffal family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Coffals to arrive on North American shores:
Coffal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Coffal, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1862 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)