Cossworthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cossworthay family

The surname Cossworthay was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Cosworth.

"The barton of Cosowarth, or Coswarth, belonged for many generations to a family of that name. Among their courageous exploits Carew mentions the circumstance of one of this family, a merchant, who had married the daughter of Sir William Lock, being at Antwerp in the reign of Henry VIII. when the Reformation in England excited the vengeance of his Holiness, presumed with equal zeal and courage to pull down the bull, which the pope had caused to be set up in that city against his sovereign. Of the ancient mansion belonging to the Coswarth family, only a small portion at present stands; and this, with repairs and additions, is now the residence of a farmer. - - The family of Coswarth, according to Carew and Hals, flourished before the Norman Conquest, at which time their name was Escudifer. 'But the inhabitance altered the inhabitants from their former French name to his own, as they prove by old evidence not needing in the Norman kings new birth, to be distinguished with the reigner's number.' " [1]

Early History of the Cossworthay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cossworthay research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1575, 1643, 1600 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Cossworthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cossworthay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cosworth, Causewoth, Kosworth, Cossworth, Cosworthy, Cossworthy, Cosworthie, Cossworthie, Kossworth, Cosword, Cosward and many more.

Early Notables of the Cossworthay family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Michael Cosworth or Cosowarth (fl. 1600), English translator of the psalms, born in 1568, "the son of John Cosworth...
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Migration of the Cossworthay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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