Quoife is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally 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
Early Origins of the Quoife family
The surname Quoife was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Quoife family
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Quoife Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Quoife has appeared include Coifer, Coifster, Coyfere and others.
Early Notables of the Quoife family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quoife family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Quoife arrived in North America very early: 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.