Coghil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Coghil name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Coghil was originally derived from a family having lived in Cockhill, in Yorkshire. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Coghil family
The surname Coghil was first found in North Yorkshire, at Cockhill (Cock Hill) where the earliest known bearer of the name was Ralph de Coghull, who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1286. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Elizabetha de Cokhill and Johannes de Cockhill.  There is another Cockhill in Somerset but this was the ancient home of the Carey family. 
Early History of the Coghil family
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Coghil Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Coghil include Coghill, Coggshill, Cockhill, Cogdill, Cogdell and others.
Early Notables of the Coghil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coghil family to Ireland
Some of the Coghil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Coghil family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Mary Coghill, who settled in Virginia in 1684; George Coggshill, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822; and D.J. Coghill, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851..
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The Coghil 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: Non dormit qui custodit
Motto Translation: No sleep for those on guard.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.