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The name Cousins is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone 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.

Cousins Early Origins



The surname Cousins 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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Cousins Spelling Variations


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Cousins Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

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Cousins Early History


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Cousins Early History



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

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Cousins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cousins Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Cousins In Ireland


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Cousins In Ireland



Some of the Cousins 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cousins or a variant listed above:

Cousins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cousins settled in Maine in 1626
  • George Cousins settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Richard Cousins, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • James Cousins settled in Virginia in 1670
  • Mary Cousins, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Cousins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jo Cousins settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Edward Cousins settled in Maryland in 1774

Cousins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Cousins, aged 31, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • George Cousins, aged 21, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Thomas Cousins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • William Cousins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Cousins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Cousins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Benja Cousins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. John Cousins U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Cousins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anne Cousins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810

Cousins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emma Cousins, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • John Cousins arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • Sarah Cousins arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • John Cousins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • John Cousins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cousins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Cousins, aged 45, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Cousins, aged 48, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Alfred E. Cousins, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Cousins, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Alfred E. Cousins, aged 21, a brass worker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cousins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cousins (post 1700)



  • Major-General Ralph Pittman Cousins (1891-1964), American Commanding General Army Air Force Western Flying Training Command (1943-1946)
  • W. R. Cousins (b. 1881), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State Senate 4th District, 1921-24, 1929-33
  • Thomas J. Cousins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916
  • Robert Gordon Cousins (1859-1933), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1886; U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1893-1909
  • Marshall Cousins, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 1916
  • Jimmy Cousins, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Kinston, North Carolina, 2009
  • James R. Cousins, American politician, Mayor of Glenarden, Maryland, 1941-70
  • Harry G. Cousins, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 5th District, 1948
  • Albert H. Cousins Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Caracas, 1932-34; U.S. Consul in Buenos Aires, 1938
  • W. R. Cousins Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State Senate, 1950
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Cousins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cousins 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 19 May 2016 at 14:23.

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