Origins Available: English
The history of the name Cossins begins with the Norman Conquest
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.
Early Origins of the Cossins family
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.
Early History of the Cossins family
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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.
Early Notables of the Cossins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cossins family to Ireland
Some of the Cossins family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Cossins family to the New World and Oceana
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
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