Cogswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cogswell comes from the family having resided in the parish of Coggleshall in the diocese of St. Albans, in the county of Essex.

Early Origins of the Cogswell family

The surname Cogswell was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Cogswell family

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Cogswell Spelling Variations

Cogswell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Coxwell, Cogswell, Coggeshall, Coxville, Coxwells and many more.

Early Notables of the Cogswell family (pre 1700)

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Cogswell Ranking

In the United States, the name Cogswell is the 8,956th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Cogswell migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cogswells to arrive on North American shores:

Cogswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cogswell, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
Cogswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Cogswell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Cogswell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cogswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Cogswell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Cogswell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cogswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Cogswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Ann Cogswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Miss Sarah Cogswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Mr. William Cogswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Miss Mary Ann Cogswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cogswell (post 1700) +

  • Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell (1847-1908), United States Navy officer who served in Spanish-American War
  • William F. Cogswell (1819-1903), American professional portrait artist
  • Theodore Cogswell (1918-1987), American science fiction author
  • Joseph Green Cogswell (1786-1871), American librarian and bibliographer
  • Pearson Cogswell, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 6th District, 1823-24 [5]
  • Parsons B. Cogswell (1828-1895), American politician, Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire, 1893-94 [5]
  • Ledyard Cogswell Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928 [5]
  • Glenn D. Cogswell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1956 [5]
  • George Cogswell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1860 [5]
  • Charlotte P. Cogswell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1972 [5]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CAROLINE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caroline.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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