The name Coifer is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a maker of knitted caps or cowls. A male involved in this occupation
was called a coifer,
while a female involved in this trade was called a coifster;
the latter case displays the distinctive Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Coifer family
The surname Coifer was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Coifer family
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Coifer Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Coifer include Coifer, Coifster, Coyfere and others.
Early Notables of the Coifer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coifer family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Charles Coyfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1619; Thomas Quaife, who settled in New York, NY in 1823; Harriot Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823; Eliza Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823.