Cotgraves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cotgraves is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cotgraves family lived in Malpas, Cheshire, where they were Lords of the Manor of Cotgrave.

Early Origins of the Cotgraves family

The surname Cotgraves was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Cotgrave. They are descended from the great William Belward, Lord of Malpas, through Thomas of Cotgrave, grandson of William Belward.

Early History of the Cotgraves family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotgraves research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1066, 1418, 1589, 1758, 1655, 1655 and 1634 are included under the topic Early Cotgraves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotgraves Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cotgrave, Cottgrove, Cotgrove, Cottgrave, Cotgreve, Cottgreve, Cotgrieve, Cottgrieve, Cotgreave, Cottgreave, Cotgreaves, Cottgreaves, Cotgrieves and many more.

Early Notables of the Cotgraves family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Cotgrave (fl. 1655), member of the Cheshire family of Cotgreve, was the author of ‘The English Treasury of Literature and Language collected out of the most and best of...
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Migration of the Cotgraves family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cotgraves or a variant listed above were: Richard Cottgreaves who landed in North America in 1700.



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