Cofful History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cofful is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Cofful family

The surname Cofful 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 Cofful family

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

Cofful Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cofful has been spelled many different ways, including Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Cofful family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Cofful family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Coffuls to arrive in North America: 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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