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The history of the name Cossins begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter 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.

Cossins Early Origins



The surname Cossins 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.

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Cossins Spelling Variations


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Cossins Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cossins family name include Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

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Cossins Early History


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Cossins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossins 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 Cossins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cossins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cossins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cossins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cossins In Ireland


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Cossins In Ireland



Some of the Cossins 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cossins family to immigrate North America:

Cossins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catharina Cossins, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Mrs. M. Cossins, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897

Cossins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ada Cossins, aged 36, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Cyril Cossins, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Charles William Cossins, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Albert Joseph Cossins, aged 22, who settled in America from Broxburn, Scotland, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cossins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cossins (post 1700)



  • James Cossins, English character actor who played in such films as the James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun" in 1974 and "Gandhi" in 1982
  • Robert Cossins, Urban Planner, Massachusetts

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Cossins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cossins 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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