The earliest origins of the Colfax surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a sly fox, and would have been given to a crafty fellow.
Early Origins of the Colfax family
The surname Colfax was first found in Warwickshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Colfax family
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Colfax Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Colfax are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Colfax include: Colfox, Coolefox, Colvox, Colefax, Colfax, Cofax, Golfax and many more.
Early Notables of the Colfax family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colfax family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Colfax or a variant listed above:
Colfax Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Colfax, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1834 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Colfax (post 1700)
- Schuyler Colfax (1823-1885), American politician, US Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant (1869-73)