Cotsforthey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Cotsforthey date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Cottesford, which is in the diocese of Oxford. [1]

Early Origins of the Cotsforthey family

The surname Cotsforthey was first found in Oxfordshire, at Cottesford, a small parish, in the union of Bicester, hundred of Ploughley. [2]

Early History of the Cotsforthey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotsforthey research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1567, 1593, 1555, 1540 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Cotsforthey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cotsforthey Spelling Variations

Cotsforthey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cotsforthey have been found, including Cottesford, Cosford, Cotesford, Cosforde, Cotesforde, Cotsford and many more.

Early Notables of the Cotsforthey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cotsforthey family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cotsfortheys to arrive on North American shores: Richard Cotesford, who sailed to Maryland in 1638; and Thomas Cotsfort, who sailed to Maryland in 1667.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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