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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.

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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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 emigrated 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
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  • 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
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    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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