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Cotey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, French

The Cotey name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as Languedoc. The name Cotey was originally derived from the family having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Cotey family

The surname Cotey was first found in Languedoc, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.

Early History of the Cotey family

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Another 585 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1472, 1656, 1735, 1613, 1600, 1707, 1810, 1841, 1789, 1472, 1564, 1626, 1604, 1681, 1656 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Cotey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotey Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Cotey, including Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.

Early Notables of the Cotey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cotey family to the New World and Oceana

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Cotey were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cotey were Eliz Cote, aged 22; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Johann Hennrich Cothe settled in Pennsylvania in 1738; Auguste Kott, aged 27; settled in Texas in 1846.

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