The name Cothrane is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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 Cothrane family
The surname Cothrane 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 Cothrane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cothrane research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cothrane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cothrane Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cothrane are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cothrane include: Coddington, Codington and others.
Early Notables of the Cothrane 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 Cothrane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cothrane family to Ireland
Some of the Cothrane 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 Cothrane family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cothrane 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.
The Cothrane 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.