Cossey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Cossey is originally of French origin, and refers to "a dealer in horses." The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and became one of the many Anglo-Norman words that made up Middle English.

Early Origins of the Cossey family

The surname Cossey was first found in Essex, where the Cossey family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. For the three centuries following the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the language of the courts was French, and the Norman ambience prevailed. Norman surnames were held by members of aristocracy, and the Cossey family was a prominent one in the county of Essex. The family name was first referenced in the year 1299 when Ralph le Kossar held estates in that county.

Early History of the Cossey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossey research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1449, 1820, and 1870 are included under the topic Early Cossey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cossey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cossar, Cosser, Cozzer, Cozzar, Kosser, Kossar, Corsor, Cossart, Cossarte and many more.

Early Notables of the Cossey family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cossey family to Ireland

Some of the Cossey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cossey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cossey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick James Cossey, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Norwich, in 1907
  • Charles Cossey, aged 29, who landed in America from Enfield, England, in 1910
  • William Fredrk. Cossey, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Kathleen M. Cossey, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920

New Zealand Cossey 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:

Cossey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Cossey, (b. 1804), aged 43, English , settler born in Essex arriving as 1st detachment of Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [1]
  • Mrs. Harriett Cossey née Miles, (b. 1820), aged 27, English , settler born in Dorset travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [1]
  • Mr. William Cossey, Jr., (b. 1831), aged 16, English , settler born in London travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [1]
  • Mr. Edward Cossey, (b. 1840), aged 7, English , settler born in London travelling from Tilbury, Essex aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th August 1847 [1]
  • Mr. William Cossey, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cossey (post 1700) +

  • Caroline "Tula" Cossey (b. 1954), English model
  • Robert Cossey (b. 1952), Australian rules footballer
  • Alice Eleanor Cossey (1879-1970), New Zealand tailoress and union leader from Drury, Auckland
  • Mark Cossey, New Zealand former association football player


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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