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Cottrill is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Cottrill comes from 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."

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The surname Cottrill 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.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cotterell, Cotterel, Cotteral, Cotteril, Cotterill, Cottral, Cottrall, Cottrell, Cottrel, Coterall, Coterel, Coteril, Coterill, Cotrall, Cotrell, Cottrle, Cotral, Cotraul, Cotrelly and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cottrill 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 Cottrill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Cottrill or a variant listed above:

Cottrill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Cottrill, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1874

Cottrill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Francis J. Cottrill, aged 20, who landed in America from Leicester, in 1903
  • Harry Cottrill, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1911
  • Minnie Cottrill, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Bristol, England, in 1911
  • Alfred Cottrill, aged 21, who landed in America from Barnes, England, in 1911
  • Beatrice May Cottrill, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from Bristol, England, in 1911
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Cottrill Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Lorne Cottrill, aged 26, who emigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1915
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  • William Cottrill, American thoroughbred breeder and trainer, co-owner of Buchanan who was the winner of the 1884 Kentucky Derby, Ripple Stakes and Clark Stakes
  • Jedd Philo Clark Cottrill (1832-1889), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Senate (1883-1885)
  • E. E. Cottrill, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Gilmer County; Elected 1934
  • Charles E. Cottrill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Doddridge County, 1936
  • Charles A. Cottrill, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916
  • Matthew Cottrill, Canadian curler, member of the Fanshawe Falcons at the CCAA Curling National Championships (2012)
  • John Cottrill, Australian tennis player at the 1966 Australian Championships-Men's Singles
  • Commissioner Walter Stanley Cottrill (1914-2005), South African 15th Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army
  • William "Joe" Cottrill (1889-1972), British bronze medalist athlete at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Deborah Cottrill (b. 1963), British former competitive figure skater
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    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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