name Cofrer comes from when its first bearer worked as a treasurer, or a person who made coffers. Ancient records reveal the name Cofrer is derived from the Old English word coferer,
which meant as above.
Early Origins of the Cofrer family
The surname Cofrer was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cofrer family
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Cofrer Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cofrer include Coffer, Cofrer, Coffere, Coffare, Coffery and many more.
Early Notables of the Cofrer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cofrer family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cofrer or a variant listed above: Henry Coffer, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1753. Thomas Coffery journeyed to America in 1771; D. Coffer traveled to New York in 1820; and Fred Coffers sailed to San Francisco in 1864..