Cordingley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cordingley comes from when the family resided in Yorkshire, in a town called either Cordonley or Cotingley. It was rendered in the Domesday Book as Cotingeley, so the name of the now vanished town was probably Cotingley, but scholars disagree on this. The place-name is derived from two sources; Coting was an old English personal name, and ley was a suffix that meant field or meadow. The name as a whole meant "Coting's field."

Early Origins of the Cordingley family

The surname Cordingley was first found in Yorkshire, where they seated from the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Cordingley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordingley research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1795 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Cordingley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordingley Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cordingley has been recorded under many different variations, including Cordingley, Cordonlay and others.

Early Notables of the Cordingley family (pre 1700)

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United States Cordingley migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cordingley or a variant listed above:

Cordingley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Cordingley who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872
  • Harold H. Cordingley, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895
Cordingley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Abram Cordingley, aged 48, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1900
  • William Cordingley, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Lilian Cordingley, aged 23, who settled in America from Bradford, England, in 1910
  • Maryann Cordingley, aged 47, who immigrated to America from Bradford, England, in 1910
  • William Cordingley, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States from Sydney, Australia, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordingley (post 1700) +

  • Albert Cordingley (1871-1945), professional English cricketer
  • Stephen Geoffrey Cordingley (b. 1981), English cricketer
  • Thomas Cordingley, English meat canning technologist sent to Australia from England in 1866
  • Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO DSc FRGS (b. 1944), British commander of the "Desert Rats" during the 1991 Gulf War
  • Sam Cordingley (b. 1976), Australian rugby union footballer


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