The ancestors of the Cosen family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in the lands of Cossins near the Castle of Glamis, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth II.
Early Origins of the Cosen family
The surname Cosen was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cosen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosen research.Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1509 is included under the topic Early Cosen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cosen Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Cosen include Cossens, Cossins, Cossons, Cosen, Cosens and others.
Early Notables of the Cosen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cosen family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Cosen: Elizabeth Cossen who settled in Barbados in 1635; Jonathon Cossens arrived with servant in Barbados in 1680; William Cossens arrived in Barbados in 1685.