Show ContentsCottgreaves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cottgreaves came to England with the ancestors of the Cottgreaves family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cottgreaves family lived in Malpas, Cheshire, where they were Lords of the Manor of Cotgrave.

Early Origins of the Cottgreaves family

The surname Cottgreaves 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 Cottgreaves family

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Cottgreaves Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Cotgrave, Cottgrove, Cotgrove, Cottgrave, Cotgreve, Cottgreve, Cotgrieve, Cottgrieve, Cotgreave, Cottgreave, Cotgreaves, Cottgreaves, Cotgrieves and many more.

Early Notables of the Cottgreaves 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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United States Cottgreaves migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cottgreaves or a variant listed above:

Cottgreaves Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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