Coish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestry of the name Coish dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a small cottage, hut, or hovel. The surname Coish is derived from the Old English words cosche and cosshe, which both have this meaning. These words first appeared c. 1490. Coish belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree.
Early Origins of the Coish family
The surname Coish was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Coish family
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Coish Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Coish have been found, including Coish, Coysh, Quoise, Coise and others.
Early Notables of the Coish family (pre 1700)
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...
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In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Coish is the 268th most popular surname with an estimated 165 people with that name. 
Migration of the Coish family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Coish, or a variant listed above: M. Coisch who arrived in Baltimore in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Coish (post 1700) +
- Raymond Coish, American Professor of Geology at Middlebury College, Vermont
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- ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)