Cotsforthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Cotsforthy is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Cottesford, which is in the diocese of Oxford. 
Early Origins of the Cotsforthy family
The surname Cotsforthy was first found in Oxfordshire, at Cottesford, a small parish, in the union of Bicester, hundred of Ploughley. 
Early History of the Cotsforthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cotsforthy research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1567, 1593, 1555, 1540 and 1555 are included under the topic Early Cotsforthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cotsforthy Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cotsforthy has been spelled many different ways, including Cottesford, Cosford, Cotesford, Cosforde, Cotesforde, Cotsford and many more.
Early Notables of the Cotsforthy family (pre 1700)
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cotsforthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cotsforthy family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cotsforthys to arrive in North America: Richard Cotesford, who sailed to Maryland in 1638; and Thomas Cotsfort, who sailed to Maryland in 1667.