Cotay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who held the religious office of Arch Deacon.
Early Origins of the Cotay family
The surname Cotay was first found in the counties of Cornwall
where they settled soon after the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. In Norman, the family name was Archidiacne, which seriously questions the popular concept that the family name is derived from the office of Archdeacon.
Early History of the Cotay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotay research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1300 are included under the topic Early Cotay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cotay were recorded, including Archdeacon, Archdekin, Archdekyne, Arcedeckne, Archdecon, Archdicken, Ercadkne, Erchdeacon, Erchdekine, Archdeakin and many more.
Early Notables of the Cotay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cotay family to Ireland
Some of the Cotay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 169 words (12 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 Cotay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cotay arrived in North America very early: William Archdeacon who arrived in Maryland in 1741; John Archdeacon in Pennsylvania in 1772; and Dennis Archdeacon in Philadelphia in 1851; Kathryn Arch-deacon landed in America in 1704.