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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Couse was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was 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.

Couse Early Origins



The surname Couse 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.

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Couse Spelling Variations


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Couse Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

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Couse Early History


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Couse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couse research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1558, 1558, 1594, 1672, 1697 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Couse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Couse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Couse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Couse In Ireland


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Couse In Ireland



Some of the Couse 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Couse or a variant listed above:

Couse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. E. J. Couse, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1896

Couse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael Couse, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Emma J. Couse, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1915
  • Joseph Couse, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1919
  • William Couse, aged 24, who landed in America from Asbury Park, in 1922
  • Pedro Couse, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Couse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Couse (post 1700)



  • Eanger Irving Couse (1866-1936), American artist, founding member and first president of the Taos Society of Artists
  • Kenton Couse (1721-1790), British architect, Secretary to the Board of Works (1775 to 1782)
  • Dave Couse (b. 1965), Irish singer and songwriter

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Couse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Couse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 June 2015 at 09:48.

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