Cotgreave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cotgreave was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cotgreave family lived in Malpas, Cheshire, where they were Lords of the Manor of Cotgrave.

Early Origins of the Cotgreave family

The surname Cotgreave 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 Cotgreave family

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

Cotgreave Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. 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 Cotgreave 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 Cotgreave family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cotgreave or a variant listed above: Richard Cottgreaves who landed in North America in 1700.



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