Cotes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Cotes first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived at the cotes which was in turn derived from the Old English word cote, which means at the cottage, which denotes that the initial bearer of this surname lived in a little cottage. [1] Due to the general meaning of the name, there are a few places named Coates in Britain including places in Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Lincolnshire. [1] The last dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Cotes. [2]

Early Origins of the Cotes family

The surname Cotes was first found in Staffordshire where the family are "descended from Richard de Cotes, who was probably son of Thomas de Coates, living in 1157, when the Black Book of the Exchequer was compiled." [3] At that time, he held large estates on the Salop, Staffordshire borders.

Important Dates for the Cotes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotes research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1210, 1273, 1556, 1682, 1716, 1609 and are included under the topic Early Cotes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotes Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cotes has appeared include Coates, Coate, Coats and others.

Early Notables of the Cotes family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas de Cotes, Knight of a land-holding family in the Salop-Stafford area; George Cotes (or Cotys) (died 1556), an...
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Migration of the Cotes family to Ireland

Some of the Cotes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotes migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cotes arrived in North America very early:

Cotes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Cotes, aged 21, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [4]
  • Jo Cotes, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
Cotes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Cotes, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Christopher Cotes, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1846 [4]
  • William Cotes, who landed in Mississippi in 1892 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cotes (post 1700)

  • Sir Merton Russell- Cotes FRGS (1835-1921), English politician, Mayor of Bournemouth, England (1894–1895)
  • Samuel Cotes (1734-1818), English painter of miniature portraits and also worked in crayons
  • Francis Cotes RA (1726-1770), English painter, known for his pastel painting, founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768, older brother of Samuel Cotes

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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