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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 surname Cothran 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Cothran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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:

Cothran Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Cothran, aged 66, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "S. V. Luckenbach" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1L-3YS : 6 December 2014), John Cothran, 30 Jun 1913; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name S. V. Luckenbach, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John T. Cothran, aged 71, originally from New Rochelle, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8W-L3T : 6 December 2014), John T. Cothran, 21 Jan 1918; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Perrin C. Cothran, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Vauban" from Rio de Janeiro [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62Z-1P8 : 6 December 2014), Perrin C. Cothran, 10 Oct 1921; citing departure port Rio de Janeiro, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Harold Cothran, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Reliance" from Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHN-HZZ : 6 December 2014), Harold Cothran, 23 May 1924; citing departure port Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg, arrival port New York, ship name Reliance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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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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Citations



  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)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1L-3YS : 6 December 2014), John Cothran, 30 Jun 1913; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name S. V. Luckenbach, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8W-L3T : 6 December 2014), John T. Cothran, 21 Jan 1918; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62Z-1P8 : 6 December 2014), Perrin C. Cothran, 10 Oct 1921; citing departure port Rio de Janeiro, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHN-HZZ : 6 December 2014), Harold Cothran, 23 May 1924; citing departure port Hamburg via Southampton and Cherbourg, arrival port New York, ship name Reliance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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