The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Coudray family lived in Berkshire. The name, however, refers to the area of Cordray, in Eure, Normandy
, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Coudray family
The surname Coudray was first found in Berkshire, 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 Coudray family
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Coudray Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.
Early Notables of the Coudray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coudray family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Coudray or a variant listed above: William Cowdrey who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; Anne Cowdrey settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763; with her three children; William Cowdery settled in Virginia in 1656..
Contemporary Notables of the name Coudray (post 1700)
- Robert C. Coudray, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Hankow, 1927; Mukden, 1929; Swatow, 1932; Alexandria, 1943 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Brigadier-General Ferdinand Coudray (1882-1962), French Assistant Director of Medical Services, Ministry of National Defence (1938) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Ferdinand Coudray. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Coudray/Ferdinand-Emile-Casimir/France.html