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

Coxwell is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coxwell family once lived in the parish of Coggleshall in the diocese of St. Albans, in the county of Essex.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coxwell family name include Coxwell, Cogswell, Coggeshall, Coxville, Coxwells and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coxwell research. Another 323 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1400, 1516, and 1633 are included under the topic Early Coxwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Coxwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coxwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Coxwell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Coxwell, who arrived in America in 1644

Coxwell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • H.C. Coxwell, aged 16, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Joseph E. C. Coxwell, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897

Coxwell Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Louise Coxwell, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Margaret Coxwell, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Chas Fillingham Coxwell, aged 58, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1915
  • Rene Coxwell, aged 24, who landed in America from Southampton, England, in 1921
  • Thos. Coxwell, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922

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  • Henry Tracey Coxwell (1819-1900), English aeronaut who had a balloon factory in Richmond Road Seaford, Sussex


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The Coxwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coxwell 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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