Coffeld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Coffeld is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Coffeld family

The surname Coffeld 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.)" [1]

Important Dates for the Coffeld family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coffeld research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Coffeld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coffeld Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coffeld family name include Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Coffeld family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Coffeld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Coffeld family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coffeld surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Ann Coffield who settled in New England in 1758 along with her husband William.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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