Cogshell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Cogshell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Cockhill, in Yorkshire. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Cogshell family
The surname Cogshell 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 Cogshell family
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Cogshell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cogshell family name include Coghill, Coggshill, Cockhill, Cogdill, Cogdell and others.
Early Notables of the Cogshell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cogshell family to Ireland
Some of the Cogshell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cogshell family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cogshell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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 Cogshell 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.