Cofferay is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a treasurer, or a person who made coffers. Ancient records reveal the name Cofferay is derived from the Old English word coferer,
which meant as above.
Early Origins of the Cofferay family
The surname Cofferay was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cofferay family
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Cofferay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cofferay has appeared include Coffer, Cofrer, Coffere, Coffare, Coffery and many more.
Early Notables of the Cofferay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cofferay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cofferay arrived in North America very early: Henry Coffer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1753. Thomas Coffery journeyed to America in 1771; D. Coffer traveled to New York in 1820; and Fred Coffers sailed to San Francisco in 1864..