Cosser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Cosser finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a horsemaster. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word cosser, for horse keeper, and was an official position within the noble household.

Early Origins of the Cosser family

The surname Cosser was first found in Staffordshire, where they seated from ancient times.

Early History of the Cosser family

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Cosser Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cosser family name include Corsar, Cosser, Corser, Corveiser, Coreviser and many more.

Early Notables of the Cosser family (pre 1700)

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United States Cosser migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cosser surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Cosser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cosser, who was sent as a servant to Jamaica in 1675

New Zealand Cosser migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cosser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cosser, (b. 1840), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [1]
  • Mrs. Eliza Cosser, (b. 1846), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [1]
  • Mr. John Cosser, (b. 1867), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [1]
  • Mr. Arthur Cosser, (b. 1868), aged 6, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [1]
  • Mr. Albert Cosser, (b. 1869), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Cosser 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: Recto cursu
Motto Translation: In a right course.


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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