name Cotington comes from the family having resided 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 Cotington family
The surname Cotington 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 Cotington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotington research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1678, 1630, 1651, 1689 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cotington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotington Spelling Variations
Cotington has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Coddington, Codington and others.
Early Notables of the Cotington 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 Cotington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cotington family to Ireland
Some of the Cotington 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 Cotington family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cotingtons to arrive on North American shores: 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 Cotington 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.