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The history of the name Cousens goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been 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.

Cousens Early Origins



The surname Cousens 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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Cousens Spelling Variations


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Cousens Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cousens include Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

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Cousens Early History


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Cousens Early History



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

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Cousens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cousens Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Cousens In Ireland


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Cousens In Ireland



Some of the Cousens 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cousenss to arrive on North American shores:

Cousens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Cousens, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Cousens, who arrived in Delaware in 1673

Cousens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Cousens, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Cousens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Catherine Cousens, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Colonist" departing from the port of New, Ross but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  • Mrs. Margaret Cousens, aged 57 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virginius" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cousens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cousens (post 1700)



  • Ellis E. Cousens (b. 1952), American businessman, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of John Wiley & Sons, Inc since 2001
  • John Albert Cousens (1874-1937), American Universalist businessman and educator, 6th President of Tufts College (1919-1937)
  • Kenneth Gabriel Cousens (b. 1943), American physician, homeopath, and spiritual writer who practices holistic medicine, founder of the "Essene Order of Light"
  • Mendel Cousens, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1932
  • Leon A. Cousens, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1950
  • John Cousens, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1854
  • George E. Cousens, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1909
  • Peter Cousens (b. 1932), South African-born, former English cricketer who played from 1950 through 1955
  • Lionel Cousens, Australian silver medalist Paralympic archer at the 1964 Tokyo Games
  • Peter Cousens (b. 1955), Australian actor from Tamworth, New South Wales
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Cousens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cousens 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 27 October 2016 at 13:36.

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