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Where did the English Cothran family come from? What is the English Cothran family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cothran family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cothran family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cothran comes from when the family resided in the town of Coddington, Cheshire. Although there are locations of the same name in Nottingham and Herefordshire, the Cheshire branch of the family is thought to be the source of most, if not all, cases of the name.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cothran has been recorded under many different variations, including Coddington, Codington and others.

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. [1] The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Cot(t)a," from the Old English personal names + "ing" + "tun." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cothran research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cothran History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cothran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cothran 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.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cothran or a variant listed above: 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.

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  • Thomas P. Cothran, American jurist, Associate Justice of South Carolina (1921-1934)
  • Charlene E. Cothran, American journalist and the publisher
  • Jeffrey Lance "Jeff" Cothran (b. 1971), former American football fullback who played from 1994 to 2001
  • Keith Cothran (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Shirley Cothran (b. 1953), American beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Texas (1974), Miss American (1975)
  • James Sproull Cothran (1830-1897), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1887-1891)
  • Thomas Perrin Cothran (1857-1934), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1904-10, 1914-21; Speaker of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1918-21
  • Raymond J. Cothran, American Republican politician, Mayor of Lockport, New York, 1959
  • James W. Cothran, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1956
  • James Sproull Cothran (1830-1897), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in South Carolina, 1881-86; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1887-91


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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.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Cothran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cothran Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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