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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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    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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