The name Cordingly is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Cordingly family
The surname Cordingly was first found in Yorkshire
, where they seated from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cordingly family
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Cordingly 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 Cordingly 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. 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. The variations of the name Cordingly include: Cordingley, Cordonlay and others.
Early Notables of the Cordingly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cordingly 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 Cordingly or a variant listed above:
Cordingly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Cordingly, who arrived in New York in 1848
Cordingly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- David Cordingly, and his family who arrived in Canada from New York in 1817
- Thomas Cordingly, who was on record in Toronto, Canada in 1829