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Where did the English Cossey family come from? What is the English Cossey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cossey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cossey family history?

The ancient and distinguished surname Cossey is originally of French origin, and refers to "a dealer in horses." The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Cossar, Cosser, Cozzer, Cozzar, Kosser, Kossar, Corsor, Cossart, Cossarte and many more.

First found in Essex, where the Cossey family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. For the three centuries following the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the language of the courts was French, and the Norman ambience prevailed. Norman surnames were held by members of aristocracy, and the Cossey family was a prominent one in the county of Essex. The family name was first referenced in the year 1299 when Ralph le Kossar held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossey research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1449, 1820, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Cossey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cossey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cossey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederick Jas. Cossey, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Norwich, in 1907
  • Charles Cossey, aged 29, who landed in America from Enfield, England, in 1910
  • William Fredrk. Cossey, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Kathleen M. Cossey, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920

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  • Caroline "Tula" Cossey (b. 1954), English model
  • Mark Cossey, New Zealand former association football player
  • Alice Eleanor Cossey (1879-1970), New Zealand tailoress and union leader from Drury, Auckland
  • Robert Cossey (b. 1952), Australian rules footballer


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  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Cossey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cossey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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