The name Cotrail was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Cotrail is a name for a serf or bond tenant who held a cottage by service.
The name is derived from the Old English cote,
which means "shelter," or "cottage."
Early Origins of the Cotrail family
The surname Cotrail was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cotrail family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotrail research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1572, 1631, 1621, 1624, 1624, 1615, 1701, 1641, 1654, 1710, 1686 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Cotrail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotrail Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cotterell, Cotterel, Cotteral, Cotteril, Cotterill, Cottral, Cottrall, Cottrell, Cottrel, Coterall, Coterel, Coteril, Coterill, Cotrall, Cotrell, Cottrle, Cotral, Cotraul, Cotrelly and many more.
Early Notables of the Cotrail family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Cotterell DCL (died 1572), from Wiltshire
, an English clergyman and academic at the University of Oxford, one of the founding fellows of Jesus College, Oxford; Sir Clement Cotterell (died 1631), an English courtier and politician, Member of Parliament for Grantham (1621-1624) and... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotrail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cotrail family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cotrail or a variant listed above: Edward Cotterell who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Cotterell settled in New England
in 1655; Timothy Cotterill arrived in Boston in 1765; Edward Cotteral arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772.