name Cois comes from the family having resided in a small cottage, hut, or hovel. The surname Cois is derived from the Old English words
which both have this meaning. These words first appeared c. 1490. Cois belongs to the class of
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree.
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cois research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1248, 1296, 1300, 1568, 1567, 1564, 1577, 1563, 1672, 1631, 1685, 1742, 1801, 1735 and 1801 are included under the topic Early Cois History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cois 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: Coish, Coysh, Quoise, Coise and others.
Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Quoise, a prominent landholder in 16th century London; and Elisha Coysh (1631-1685), a prominent physician from London. He and his wife had seven children and had several homes including one at Swain's or Swine's... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Coiss to arrive on North American shores: M. Coisch who arrived in Baltimore in 1820.