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The origins of the Cosby name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in or near the place named Cosby, which was in the county of Leicestershire. The name of this settlement was originally derived from the Old English forename Cossa and the Old Norse word byr, which means farm; thus, it means Cossa's farm. The surname Cosby belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Cosby Early Origins



The surname Cosby was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cosby Spelling Variations


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Cosby Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cosby were recorded, including Cosby, Cosbie, Cosbey, Cosbye, Cossbye and others.

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Cosby Early History


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Cosby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosby research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1516 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Cosby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cosby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cosby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cosby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cosby In Ireland


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Cosby In Ireland



Some of the Cosby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cosby family emigrate to North America:

Cosby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cosby who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Cosby, who arrived in Maryland in 1656
  • Mary Cosby, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Cosby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Cosby settled in Charles Town in 1763

Cosby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Danl Cosby, aged 20, arrived in America in 1822

Cosby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Cosby, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Private George Cosby, "Cosbey" U.E. (b. 1765) born in New York, USA who settled in Pelham, Welland County, Ontario c. 1795 in 1784; he left Quebec to travel to Ireland with his father, then travelled back, listed in Niagara in 1787, he served in the King's Rangers, married to Mary McGregor they had 8 children he died in 1806 Smithville, Ontario [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosby (post 1700)



  • Joseph Hathaway Cosby (1902-1998), second President of Hargrave Military Academy
  • George Blake Cosby (1830-1909), Confederate States Army brigadier general during the American Civil War
  • Gerry Cosby (1909-1996), American ice hockey goaltender
  • Dabney Cosby (1793-1862), American architect and builder in Virginia and North Carolina
  • Vice Admiral Phillips Cosby (1729-1808), British Royal Navy officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War, eponym of the HMS Cosby (K559)
  • Andrew Cosby, American comic book creator, film producer, screenwriter, and co-creator of the hit SyFy TV series Eureka
  • Henry "Hank" Cosby (1928-2002), African-American songwriter and record producer for Motown Records
  • William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. (b. 1937), American actor, comedian, television producer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Dudley Alexander Sydney Cosby (1730-1774), 1st Baron Sydney, Irish politician and diplomat
  • Rita Cosby, TV reporter

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Suggested Readings for the name Cosby


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Suggested Readings for the name Cosby



  • Cosby Family Records by Don Simmons.
  • Cosby Genealogy by Frank Carvill Cosby.

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Motto


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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: Sub libertate quietem
Motto Translation: Rest under liberty.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Cosby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cosby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 December 2016 at 11:09.

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