Cottgreave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cottgreave reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Cottgreave family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cottgreave family lived in Malpas, Cheshire, where they were Lords of the Manor of Cotgrave.

Early Origins of the Cottgreave family

The surname Cottgreave 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 Cottgreave family

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

Cottgreave Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Cotgrave, Cottgrove, Cotgrove, Cottgrave, Cotgreve, Cottgreve, Cotgrieve, Cottgrieve, Cotgreave, Cottgreave, Cotgreaves, Cottgreaves, Cotgrieves and many more.

Early Notables of the Cottgreave 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 Cottgreave family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Cottgreave name or one of its variants: Richard Cottgreaves who landed in North America in 1700.



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