Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a treasurer, or a person who made coffers. Ancient records reveal the name Cofferey is derived from the Old English word coferer, which meant as above.
Early Origins of the Cofferey family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Cofferey family
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Cofferey Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cofferey include Coffer, Cofrer, Coffere, Coffare, Coffery and many more.
Early Notables of the Cofferey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cofferey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cofferey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..
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