Cotesforthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Cotesforthy family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the parish of Cottesford, which is in the diocese of Oxford. [1]

Early Origins of the Cotesforthy family

The surname Cotesforthy was first found in Oxfordshire, at Cottesford, a small parish, in the union of Bicester, hundred of Ploughley. [2]

Early History of the Cotesforthy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotesforthy research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1567, 1593, 1555, 1540 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Cotesforthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotesforthy Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cotesforthy include Cottesford, Cosford, Cotesford, Cosforde, Cotesforde, Cotsford and many more.

Early Notables of the Cotesforthy family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cotesforthy family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cotesforthy or a variant listed above: Richard Cotesford, who sailed to Maryland in 1638; and Thomas Cotsfort, who sailed to Maryland in 1667.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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