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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.

Colefax Early Origins



The surname Colefax was first found in Warwickshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Colefax Spelling Variations


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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.

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Colefax Early History


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Colefax Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colefax research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1274, 1511, 1550, 1869 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Colefax History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colefax Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colefax Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Colefax 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, 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colefax (post 1700)


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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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Colefax Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colefax 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 September 2014 at 21:26.

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