The surname of CODDINGTON was a locational name 'of Coddington' a parish in County Nottingham, a parish in Herefordshire and a parish in County Chester. In the middle ages it was normal for a man to be named after the village where he lived or owned his land. This name would identify his whole family, and followed him wherever he moved. Early records of the name mention COTINTONE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. the name was documented as COTINTON in the year 1277. William de Codynton, London, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). William Coddingtone of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. Agnes Coddington, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1614. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Invasion of 1066. Those of gentler blood assumed second names at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became common practice amongst all people. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.
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