Cothron is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Cothron family
The surname Cothron 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 Cothron family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cothron research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cothron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cothron Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cothron family name include Coddington, Codington and others.
Early Notables of the Cothron 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 Cothron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cothron family to Ireland
Some of the Cothron 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 Cothron family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cothron surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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 Cothron 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.