The history of the name Cousans begins with the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a person who was related to someone of note in the area. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French, cusin,
and the Old English, cousin,
which means relative.
Early Origins of the Cousans family
The surname Cousans was first found in Norfolk
and in the southern counties of England
, where the first on record appears to be Roger Cusin, listed in the Pipe Rolls
in that county in 1166. Robert Cusyn and his wife Joan were landowners in Ellisfield, Hampshire
during the Reign of Henry III (1216-1272). Peter Cusin was a sheriff of London in 1273. A Galfridus Cusyn of Hardingham, Norfolk
is mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls
for that county in 1327.
Early History of the Cousans family
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Cousans Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Cousans has been recorded under many different variations, including Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.
Early Notables of the Cousans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cousans family to Ireland
Some of the Cousans family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cousans family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cousans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Cousans, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
Cousans Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hannah Cousans, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
- Mary Cousans, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
- Johannah Cousans, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859