Cordonlay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Cordonlay family
The surname Cordonlay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they seated from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cordonlay family
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Cordonlay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cordonlay family name include Cordingley, Cordonlay and others.
Early Notables of the Cordonlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cordonlay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cordonlay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: David Cordingly, and his family who arrived in Canada from New York in 1817; Thos. Cordingly, who was on record in Toronto, Canada in 1829; William Cordingly, who arrived in New York in 1848.