Coggin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Celtic in origin, the name Coggin came from the rugged landscape of Wales. The name's origins go back to a time when the Coggin family lived in the parish of Cogan, which is in the diocese of Llandaff in the county of Glamorgan. The surname Coggin belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Coggin family

The surname Coggin was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, 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.

Important Dates for the Coggin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coggin research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Coggin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coggin Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. The most obvious reason was the challenge of translating from Welsh into English. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Coggin name over the years has been spelled Cogan, Cogen, Coogan, Coogen, Coogin, Coggan, Coggen, Coggin, Coggins, Gogan, Goggin and many more.

Early Notables of the Coggin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Coggin family to Ireland

Some of the Coggin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coggin migration to the United States

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Coggin:

Coggin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sara Coggin, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Sarah Coggin, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • James Coggin, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Coggin, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Nath Coggin, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Coggin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Coggin, aged 57, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coggin (post 1700)

  • Nate Coggin (b. 1978), former American Arena Football League defensive specialist
  • Mark Coggin, American author
  • Franklin Coggin (1944-1994), American professional baseball player
  • Alvin Gilbert "Gil" Coggin (1928-2004), American jazz pianist
  • Richard Allen Coggin (b. 1950), American baseball outfielder
  • Jacob Coggin (b. 1978), American soccer player
  • Dave Coggin (b. 1976), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Rodney M. Coggin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1928, 1940 [2]
  • Ian Coggin (b. 1969), Sri Lankan cricketer
  • William Herbert "Billy" Coggin (1901-1958), English footballer who played as a goalkeeper

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from
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