The Norman Conquest
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.
Early Origins of the Couse family
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.
Early History of the Couse family
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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.
Early Notables of the Couse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Couse family to 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.
Migration of the Couse family to the New World and Oceana
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
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