Show ContentsCordiner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cordiner reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Cordiner is for a maker or purveyor of cord or ribbon. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word corde, which means cord.

In some cases an English local name, also a form of Cardon. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae notes Ralph, Richard, Robert, Paganus Cardon, or Cardun, were of Normandy, 1180-95. [1]

Early Origins of the Cordiner family

The surname Cordiner was first found in Essex where William Cardon or Cardun appears in the Domesday Book as one of the homines of Geoffrey de Magnaville. [2]

"In 1165 the family was seated in Hants, Norfolk, Beds, and Lincoln, temp. John in Bucks; and 1325, Adam Cardun was M.P. for Nottinghamshire. " [1]

Carden in Cheshire is "a township, in the parish of Tilston, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton. A detachment of dragoons from the parliamentary garrison at Nantwich, on the 12th of June, 1643, plundered Carden Hall, and made its owner, John Leche, Esq., a prisoner." [3]

The Carden Baronetcy, of Templemore in the County of Tipperary was originally from Cheshire, England, but settled at Templemore in County Tipperary around 1650.

Later some of the family were found in Worcestershire as Robert Corduan held a family seat in that shire in 1221. [4]

The Carden Baronetcy, of Wimpole Street in the County of Middlesex and of Molesey in the County of Surrey was created for Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Baronet (1801-1888), Lord Mayor of London from 1857 to 1858.

Early History of the Cordiner family

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Cordiner Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Cordiner are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cordiner include Cordon, Cordin, Corden, Cordwin, Cording, Cordwane, Cordwaner, Cordiner, Cordwent, Cordner, Cordiner, Cordwiner, Cordwinner, Cordwainer and many more.

Early Notables of the Cordiner family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cordiner family to Ireland

Some of the Cordiner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Cordiner migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cordiner, or a variant listed above:

Cordiner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Cordiner, who landed in New England in 1706 [5]
  • James Cordiner, who settled in Virginia in 1720
Cordiner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mitchell Cord. Cordiner, aged 24, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1911
  • Samuel Cordiner, aged 41, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1911
  • George Gall Cordiner, aged 27, who settled in America from Southampton, England, in 1917
  • James Cordiner, aged 33, who landed in America from Boddam, Scotland, in 1920
  • Elsie Jane Cordiner, aged 29, who landed in America from Fraserburgh, Scotland, in 1920
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Canada Cordiner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordiner Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Minnie Cordiner, aged 40, who settled in Hamilton, Canada, in 1915
  • Albert Edward Cordiner, aged 10, who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1922
  • Jean Cordiner, aged 38, who immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordiner (post 1700) +

  • Ralph J. Cordiner (1950-1958), American businessman, President of General Electric, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (1958 to 1963)
  • Captain Douglas L. Cordiner, U.S. Navy officer, eponym of the Cordiner Peaks, Antarctica
  • Charles Cordiner (1746-1794), English writer on antiquities, became episcopalian minister of St. Andrew's Chapel, Banff, in 1769 [6]
  • James Cordiner (1775-1836), English author of ‘A Description of Ceylon,’ third son of the Rev. Charles Cordiner [6]

  1. 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)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. 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)
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook