Cockson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cockson has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a son of a cook. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Norman French word cok, which means cook.

Early Origins of the Cockson family

The surname Cockson was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where they were originally from Settle. [1]

Early History of the Cockson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockson research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1273, 1379, 1609, 1636, 1654, 1735, 1677, 1682, 1679, 1743 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Cockson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cockson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cockson have been found, including Cookson, Cuckson, Cockson, Coxon and others.

Early Notables of the Cockson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Cookson or Coxon ( fl. 1609-1636), one of the earliest English engravers, who left a large number of portraits engraved in a dry, but neatly finished manner. [2] Another Thomas Coxon (1654-1735), was an English Jesuit, a native of the county of Durham. [2] Captain John Coxon (fl. 1677-1682), was a...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Cockson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cockson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Cockson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865


The Cockson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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