The ancient name of Coyfere finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of knitted caps or cowls. A male involved in this occupation
was called a coifer,
while a female involved in this trade was called a coifster;
the latter case displays the distinctive Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Coyfere family
The surname Coyfere was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Coyfere family
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Coyfere 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 Coyfere family name include Coifer, Coifster, Coyfere and others.
Early Notables of the Coyfere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coyfere family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Coyfere surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Charles Coyfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1619; Thomas Quaife, who settled in New York, NY in 1823; Harriot Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823; Eliza Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823.