Show ContentsCofield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cofield is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Cofield family once 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 Cofield family

The surname Cofield 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. [1] 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]

However, despite all of the above, we must look to Oxfordshire to find the first record of the family. For it is there that Lucia de Kokefled was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1198. A few years later, Robert de Cockfeld was listed in Cheshire in 1236-1247. [2]

Early History of the Cofield family

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Cofield 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 Cofield family name include Cockfield, Cocksfield, Cofield, Coefield, Coffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Cofield family (pre 1700)

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Cofield Ranking

In the United States, the name Cofield is the 5,204th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Cofield migration to the United States +

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 Cofield surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Cofield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cofield, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Galway, in 1898
Cofield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Cofield, aged 22, who landed in America from Lisacull, in 1906
  • Harriet Cofield, aged 26, who settled in America from Durbain, England, in 1915
  • William Cofield, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1922

Canada Cofield migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cofield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward Cofield, aged 24, who immigrated to St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • Annie Cofield, aged 30, who landed in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Cofield (post 1700) +

  • William Lawrence "Bill" Cofield (1939-1983), American basketball coach, the first African American head coach of a major sport
  • Frederick "Fred" Cofield (b. 1962), retired American basketball player
  • Tim Cofield (b. 1963), former professional American NFL and CFL football player
  • Barry Joseph Cofield Jr. (b. 1984), American football defensive tackle
  • William E. Cofield, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980 [4]
  • Gerry Cofield, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2008 [4]

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook