The ancient roots of the Cotherington family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Cotherington comes from when the family lived in the town of Coddington, Cheshire
. Although there are locations of the same name in Nottingham
, the Cheshire
branch of the family is thought to be the source of most, if not all, cases of the name.
Early Origins of the Cotherington family
The surname Cotherington was first found in Cheshire
at Coddington, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire
West. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Cotintone. Coddington is also located in Nottinghamshire
(a village), Derbyshire
(home of two farms) and Herefordshire
(a tiny hamlet.) The Domesday Book
lists Cotintone in Nottinghamshire
and Cotingtune in Herefordshire
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Cot(t)a," from the Old English personal names + "ing" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Cotherington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotherington research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cotherington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotherington 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 Cotherington has appeared include Coddington, Codington and others.
Early Notables of the Cotherington family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Coddington High Sheriff
of Dublin; William Coddington (1601-1678) founder and 1st Governor of Rhode Island; he arrived in America... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotherington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cotherington family to Ireland
Some of the Cotherington family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 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 Cotherington family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cotherington arrived in North America very early: William Coddington of Lincolnshire
who arrived in Rhode Island in 1630; Mary Coddington, who was on record in Salem, MA in 1630; Stockdale Coddington, who came to Massachusetts in 1644.
The Cotherington Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec metuas nec optes
Motto Translation: Neither fear nor wish.