The ancient Norman culture that was established in England
after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Couzens. It was 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 Couzens family
The surname Couzens 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 Couzens family
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Couzens Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.
Early Notables of the Couzens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Couzens family to Ireland
Some of the Couzens family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Couzens family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Couzens or a variant listed above:
Couzens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Couzens, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Swansea, in 1906
- Sophia Couzens, aged 22, who landed in America from London, in 1906
- Winnifred Couzens, aged 8, who landed in America from Kingston, in 1906
- Charles Couzens, aged 24, who landed in America from Bath, England, in 1907
- Edith Couzens, aged 21, who landed in America from Bath, England, in 1907
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Couzens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edward Couzens, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
- Henry Couzens, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
- William Couzens, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
Contemporary Notables of the name Couzens (post 1700)
- Matthew K. Couzens, American State Engineer for New York State in 1887
- Henry De Clifford Couzens (1872-1914), American pulp magazine writer, grandfather of Matthew K. Couzens
- James J. Couzens (1872-1936), American Republican politician,Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1916; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1916; Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1919-22; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1922-36 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Frank Couzens (1902-1950), American politician, Mayor of Detroit, Michigan (1933, 1934 to 1938), son of James J. Couzens
- Andy Couzens (b. 1975), retired English footballer
- Brian William Couzens (1933-2015), British music industry executive, recording engineer, and producer, founder of Chandos Records in 1979
- Tim Couzens, South African literary and social historian, recipient of the 1993 Alan Paton Award
- Thomas Couzens (d. 1959), Royal New Zealand Air Force who lost his life in a crevasse accident near Cape Selborne on November 19, 1959, eponym of Couzens Bay, Antarctica
- Christine Anne "Chris" Couzens (b. 1958), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Geelong (2014-)
- Dominic Couzens, British birder, author of over sixteen books about birds
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