Cossens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Cossens goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who was related to someone of note in the area. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French, cusin, and the Old English, cousin, which means relative. [1]

Early Origins of the Cossens family

The surname Cossens was first found in Norfolk and in the southern counties of England, where the first on record appears to be Roger Cusin, listed in the Pipe Rolls in that county in 1166. Robert Cusyn and his wife Joan were landowners in Ellisfield, Hampshire during the Reign of Henry III (1216-1272). Peter Cusin was a sheriff of London in 1273. A Galfridus Cusyn of Hardingham, Norfolk is mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls for that county in 1327. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Johannes Cosyn, tiropour; Ricardus Cosyn; and Alicia Cosyn, 1379. [2]

Important Dates for the Cossens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossens research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1558, 1558, 1535, 1541, 1547, 1594, 1672, 1549, 1597, 1549, 1547, 1697, 1743 and are included under the topic Early Cossens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cossens Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Cossens has been recorded under many different variations, including Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

Early Notables of the Cossens family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Cosin, Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1558. He was "a native of Bedfordshire, entered King's Hall, Cambridge, as a bible clerk; proceeded B.A. early in 1535, M.A. in 1541, and B.D. in 1547." [3] John Cosin (1594-1672), was an English churchman from Norwich, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He was born at Norwich where his father, Giles Cosin, was a wealthy citizen. His...
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Migration of the Cossens family to Ireland

Some of the Cossens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Cossens migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Cossenss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Cossens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margarett Cossens, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • Francis Cossens, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [4]
  • Jonathon Cossens arrived with servant in Barbados in 1680
  • William Cossens, who arrived in Barbados in 1685
Cossens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E. S. Cossens, who arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • Bertha Cossens, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • Louisa Cossens, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Cossens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Cossens, aged 26, who landed in America from Tilbury, in 1917

Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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