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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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cossar, Cosser, Cozzer, Cozzar, Kosser, Kossar, Corsor, Cossart, Cossarte and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossey research. Another 288 words (21 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.
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cossey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cossey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Cossey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cossey 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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