Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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 female occupational suffix -ster.
Early Origins of the Quaife family
Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Quaife family
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Quaife Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Quaife include Coifer, Coifster, Coyfere and others.
Early Notables of the Quaife family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quaife family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Quaife were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Quaife Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Quaife Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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