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The ancestry of the name Cosway dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the Pays de Caux (Seine-Infèrieure) in Normandy. However, the surname Cosway may have also been applied to someone who lived near a causeway, which was a raised roadway crossing wet or low-lying ground. In the latter case, the surname Cosway is derived from the Old English word cauce, meaning causeway. Cosway is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Cosway Early Origins



The surname Cosway was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cosway Spelling Variations


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Cosway Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cosway have been found, including Causey, Causley, Cause, Causy and others.

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Cosway Early History


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Cosway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cosway research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cosway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cosway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cosway Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cosway Notables 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cosway, or a variant listed above: Nathanial Causey who settled in Virginia in 1623; with his wife; John Cause settled in Musquette Shore in 1774; Caspar Cause who arrived in Philadelphia in 1797..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cosway (post 1700)



  • Frederick J. Cosway, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 79th District, 1974
  • Richard Cosway (1742-1821), English miniaturist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Cosway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cosway 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 13:24.

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