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.
Early Origins of the Cordiner family
The surname Cordiner was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. Robert Corduan held a family seat in that shire in 1221. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time.
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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Migration of the Cordiner family to Ireland
Some of the Cordiner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cordiner family to the New World and Oceana
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
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 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)
- 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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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 emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1922
- Jean Cordiner, aged 38, who emigrated 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