Cockurzon is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Cockurzon family lived in Derbyshire
. The family originally lived in Notre Dame
de Curson in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their name derives.
Early Origins of the Cockurzon family
The surname Cockurzon was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Curzon. Geraldine (Giraline) arrived in England
with William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D., and attended him at Hastings. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Geraldine came from Notre Dame
de Curson in Calvados in Normandy
. By 1086, the taking of the Domesday Book
survey, his son Hubert had also acquired the lands of West Lockinge in Berkshire. The family also continued in Normandy
and Hubert was the Lord of Curson in 1223. Kedleston Hall in Kedleston, Derbyshire
is one of the most well known family seats the Curzon family who have held the estate since 1297. Today it is a National Trust property. "The large and elegant mansion of Farnah Hall [in Duffield, Derbyshire], a seat of the Curzon family, stands in a fine park, near the Wirksworth road." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cockurzon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockurzon research.Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1609, 1599, 1686, 1640, 1648, 1611, 1682, 1657, 1727, 1678, 1750, 1687 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Cockurzon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockurzon Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Curzon, Curson, Cursone, Courson, Courzon and others.
Early Notables of the Cockurzon family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Curzon of Kedleston Hall, High Sheriff
(1609); and his son, Sir John Curzon, 1st Baronet
(c.1599-1686), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockurzon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockurzon family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cockurzon or a variant listed above: Pierre Courson who settled in Louisiana in 1719.
The Cockurzon 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: Let Curzon holde what Curzon helde
Motto Translation: Let Curzon hold what Curzon held