Show ContentsCosbye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Cosbye dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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 Cosbye belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Cosbye family

The surname Cosbye was first found in Leicestershire at Cosby, a parish, in the union of Blaby, hundred of Guthlaxton. [1] This place name date back to at leat the Donesdfay Book of 1086 when it was known as Cossebi and literally meant "farmstead of village of a man called Cossa." [2]

It is "said to have been the property of the family before the Conquest." [3]

Early History of the Cosbye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosbye research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1560, 1510, 1580, 1565, 1548, 1558 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Cosbye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cosbye 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 Cosbye have been found, including Cosby, Cosbie, Cosbey, Cosbye, Cossbye and others.

Early Notables of the Cosbye family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cosbye family to Ireland

Some of the Cosbye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cosbye 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 Cosbye, or a variant listed above: John Cosby who settled in Virginia in 1654; Hannah Cosby settled in Charles Town in 1763; William Cosbey arrived in Philadelphia in 1874.

The Cosbye 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.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook