Show ContentsCoggeshall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Coggeshall 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."

Alternatively, the family could have derived their name from the English "cog," for "a small boat, and shoal, a place where the water is shallow, and where fish abound, a fishing-place." [1]

Early Origins of the Coggeshall family

The surname Coggeshall was first found in Essex at Great Coggeshall, a markettown and parish, in the union of Witham, Witham division of the hundred of Lexden.

"This place is supposed by some to have been the Roman station Ad Ansam, and by others the Canonium of Antoninus, with the distance of which latter from Cæsaromagus its situation precisely corresponds: numerous vestiges of Roman antiquity have been discovered. The present town appears to have risen from the establishment of an abbey in 1142, by King Stephen and his Queen Matilda, for monks of the Cistercian order, and in honour of the Blessed Virgin. Coggeshall anciently comprised the parishes of Great and Little Coggeshall, at present consolidated." [2]

In fact, the parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Coggeshall, held by Theodroic Pontel from Count Eustace. [3]

Ralph of Coggeshall (fl. 1207), was an early chronicler, a native of Bernewell, Cambridgeshire, and a monk of the Cistercian abbey at Coggeshall. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: (Abbas) de Cogeshalle, Essex; Roger de Cogeshall. Essex; and Reginald Cokkeshale, Kent, while the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I listed Ralph de Coggeshal, Essex, Henry III-Edward I. [5] [6]

Further to the north in Scotland, "William de Cogeshale witnessed an East Lothian charter by William the Lion, and also attested a charter by Malcolm, earl of Fife, c. 1214-1226. He was probably a cleric. " [7]

Early History of the Coggeshall family

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Coggeshall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cogshull, Coggeshull, Cockshull, Coggeshal, Coggeshall, Cogshall, Cockshal, Cockshall and many more.

Early Notables of the Coggeshall family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Coggeshall (died 1402), from Essex, English politician, elected a Member of Parliament for Essex in February 1388, 1395 and 1399, appointed Sheriff of Essex for 1394. Henry Coggeshall (1623-1690), was an English mathematician, the third son of John Coggeshall of Orford in Suffolk, where he was baptised 23 Dec. 1623, and buried 19 Feb. 1690. "He invented the sliding-rule known by his name, first described by him in 1677 in a pamphlet entitled. 'Timber-Measure by a Line of more Ease, Dispatch, and Exactness than...
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United States Coggeshall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coggeshall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Coggeshall, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632 with his wife and four children, and became the first governor of Rhode Island
  • John Coggeshall, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 aboard the ship "Lyon" [8]
Coggeshall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Coggeshall, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Dorothy Coggeshall, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Murray H. Coggeshall, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Coggeshall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • M. Louise Coggeshall, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1904
  • W. A. Coggeshall, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Walter Durfee Coggeshall, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Hedwig Coggeshall, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Josephine Harriett Coggeshall, who landed in America, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Coggeshall (post 1700) +

  • Calvert Coggeshall, American abstract painter and a designer
  • Harris Coggeshall (1907-1993), American tennis player
  • Thomas Coggeshall, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Newport, Rhode Island, 1863-79 [9]
  • Murray H. Coggeshall, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1924, 1928, 1932; Chair of Morris County Republican Party, 1925 [9]
  • Morris Coggeshall, American Republican politician, Chair of Morris County Republican Party, 1927 [9]
  • John A. Coggeshall, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Montville, 1940 [9]
  • Henry J. Coggeshall, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1873; Member of New York State Senate, 1884-1900, 1905-06 [9]
  • Daniel G. Coggeshall, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1948 [9]
  • John Coggeshall Jr. (1624-1708), British deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island
  • John Coggeshall (1601-1647), one of the British founders of Rhode Island

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  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  7. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook