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Cordray Family Crest / Cordray Coat of Arms

Cordray Family Crest / Cordray Coat of Arms

This surname CORDRAY was of two-fold origin. It was of the locational group of surnames 'of Coudraie' a spot in Normandy. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. During the middle ages it became customary for a man to be named after the town or village where he lived. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. The name was also an occupational name for a worker 'at the ropery' one who made rope and twine. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Early records of the name mention John de la Corderie, who was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Peter de Corderoy of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax in 1379. Emma Querderay of Yorkshire, ibid. John Cordrey of County Lancashire, registered at Oxford University in 1519. Francis, son of Andrew Cowdrye was buried at St. Thomas the Apostle in London in the year 1618. William Wytlye and Ann Cordrye were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1692. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.

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last updated on: September 13 2018

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