Coffile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Coffile dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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 Coffile family

The surname Coffile 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]

Early History of the Coffile family

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

Coffile Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Coffile have been found, including Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Coffile family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Coffile family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Coffile, or a variant listed above: Ann Coffield who settled in New England in 1758 along with her husband William.



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


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