The Coggeshal surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place name Coggeshall, in Essex
. This place name in turn comes from an Old English personal name
Cogg and the Old English word "halh," meaning "nook."
Early Origins of the Coggeshal family
The surname Coggeshal was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Coggeshall, held by Theodroic Pontel from Count Eustace who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Coggeshal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coggeshal research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1041, 1402, 1388, 1395, 1399, 1394, 1624, 1708 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Coggeshal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coggeshal Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cogshull, Coggeshull, Cockshull, Coggeshal, Coggeshall, Cogshall, Cockshal, Cockshall and many more.
Early Notables of the Coggeshal family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Coggeshall (died 1402), family of Essex
, English politician, elected a Member of Parliament for Essex
in February 1388, 1395 and... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coggeshal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coggeshal family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Coggeshall, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632 with his wife and four children, and became the first Governor of Rhode Island;