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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossens research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1558, 1558, 1594, 1672, 1697 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Cossens History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cossens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Francis Cossens, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Jonathon Cossens arrived with servant in Barbados in 1680
  • William Cossens arrived in Barbados in 1685

Cossens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • E. S. Cossens arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • Bertha Cossens, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • Louisa Cossens, aged 24, who emigrated 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

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The Cossens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cossens 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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