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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.

Cofield Early Origins



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

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Cofield Spelling Variations


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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.

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Cofield Early History


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Cofield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cofield research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1275, 1198 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Cofield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cofield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cofield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 emigrated 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

Cofield Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Edward Cofield, aged 24, who emigrated to St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1910
  • Annie Cofield, aged 30, who landed in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1911

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cofield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cofield (post 1700)



  • William E. Cofield, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • Gerry Cofield, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2008
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Cofield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cofield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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