The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Colefax family have grown. The name Colefax was given to a member of the family who was a sly fox, and would have been given to a crafty fellow.
Early Origins of the Colefax family
The surname Colefax was first found in Warwickshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Colefax family
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Colefax 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 Colefax family name include Colfox, Coolefox, Colvox, Colefax, Colfax, Cofax, Golfax and many more.
Early Notables of the Colefax family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colefax family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Colefax surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Colefax Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- S. Colefax who arrived in New York in 1822
Contemporary Notables of the name Colefax (post 1700)
- Peter Colefax, American banker and company director
- Lady Sibyl Colefax (1874-1950), English society hostess, and co-founder of the firm of Colefax & Fowler