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The surname Coss was first found in Mecklenburg, where the Koss family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the Koss family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Koss, Kosa, Kus, Kusiak, Kosik, Kosinski, Koscielski, Koskela and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coss research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Coss, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • John Coss, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • James Coss, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Coss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Coss, who settled in Connecticut in 1841
  • William Coss, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Josif Coss, aged 19, who landed in America from Lobrie, in 1899

Coss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Susan Coss, aged 45, who landed in America from Plymouth, in 1900
  • Michael Coss, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1905
  • Agnes Coss, aged 28, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Harry J. Coss, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Sarah Coss, aged 21, who emigrated to America, in 1909


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  • David Coss, American politician, 41st Mayor of Santa Fe (2006-2014)
  • Chris Coss, English musician
  • Peter R. Coss, British historian and Professor of Medieval History at the School of History, Archaeology, and Religion at Cardiff University, Wales
  • Gabriel Coss, Grammy Award and a Regional Emmy Award-winner music video director


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  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Coss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coss 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.

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