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Cordray is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Cordray family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Cordray family lived in Berkshire. The name, however, refers to the area of Cordray, in Eure, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Cordray Early Origins



The surname Cordray was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cordray Spelling Variations


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Cordray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cordray have been found, including Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.

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Cordray Early History


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Cordray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordray research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1588 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cordray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cordray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cordray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cordray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cordray were among those contributors:

Cordray Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Cordray, aged 43, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZV-PWL : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cordray, 21 Jun 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Royal George, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Marcella Cordray, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Southampton, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66L-TTB : 6 December 2014), Marcella Cordray, 08 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cordray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cordray (post 1700)



  • Casey Cordray (b. 1985), American soccer player
  • Kenny Cordray (b. 1954), American instrumental guitarist and song writer
  • Richard Cordray (b. 1959), American lawyer and Democratic Party politician, 1st Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2012-)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZV-PWL : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cordray, 21 Jun 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Royal George, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66L-TTB : 6 December 2014), Marcella Cordray, 08 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Cordray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cordray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 22 November 2016 at 13:09.

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