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Cofield 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. 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)

Early History of the Cofield family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cofield research.
Another 249 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.

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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Migration of the Cofield family to Ireland


Some of the Cofield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cofield family to the New World and Oceana


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

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 Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Gerry Cofield, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2008 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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