origin. It was a name given to a person with a dark complexion. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word
which meant dark.
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooles research.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1688, 1616, 1697, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Cooles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cooles were recorded, including Coles, Coals and others.
Some of the Cooles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cooles family emigrate to North America: Robert Coles who settled in Warwick, coming with Winthrop's fleet to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1630. He was made a freeman in 1631. He was one of the original purchasers of Warwick, and the Providence Plantations in Rhode Island..