Show ContentsCoxe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Coxe is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who bore a fancied resemblance to a rooster. It was applied both to early risers and those who strutted proudly. "Thus 'cock' became the general sobriquet of a sharp and forward lad." [1] Alternatively, the name could have been derived as "a term of endearment, a diminutive, the same as ot or kin, used as a termination." [2]

Early Origins of the Coxe family

The surname Coxe was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Aluuinus Coc was recorded in Cambridgeshire in 1066. In London, Coc de domo Abraham was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1192. Later in Lincolnshire, Koc filius Pertuin was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1230 and Cock le Botiller was found in Cambridgeshire in 1281. Koc Forester and Kok de mari were both found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. William and Godard le Cock were registered in Staffordshire in 1271 and Thomas le Cok was listed in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1285. [3] In Shropshire, the first record of the family was found the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as Coc de Slepe. [1]

"Though also scattered about the midland counties, Cox finds its great home in the south of England in the contiguous counties of Dorset and Somerset. It is fairly numerous in the counties of Gloucester, Oxford, and Warwickshire. Rare or absent in the north of England and in the eastern coast counties." [4]

Early History of the Coxe family

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Coxe Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coxe were recorded, including Cox, Coxe and others.

Early Notables of the Coxe family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard Cox (c. 1500-1581), English clergyman, Dean of Westminster and Bishop of Ely, Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1547-1552); Charles Cocks (1646-1727), British Member of Parliament for Droitwich and Worcester; Robert Cox...
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Ireland Migration of the Coxe family to Ireland

Some of the Coxe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Coxe migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coxe family emigrate to North America:

Coxe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Coxe, aged 26, who arrived in Virginia in 1610 aboard the ship "Godspeed" [5]
  • Anne Coxe, who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Christopr Coxe, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [5]
Coxe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Coxe, who settled in New England in 1718
  • Amarias Coxe, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1771 [5]
  • Amarlas Coxe, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [5]

West Indies Coxe migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Coxe Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Coxe, who settled in Barbados in 1673

Contemporary Notables of the name Coxe (post 1700) +

  • William Coxe Jr. (1762-1831), American politician, Member of New Jersey State Legislature; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1813-15 [7]
  • W. S. Coxe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1912 [7]
  • Thomas H. Coxe, American politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1916; Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Michigan, 1920 [7]
  • Macgrane Coxe (1859-1923), American politician, U.S. Minister to Guatamala, 1896-97; Honduras, 1896-97 [7]
  • James Coxe, American politician, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly 49th District, 1974 [7]
  • Gertrude M. Coxe, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 2nd District, 1990 [7]
  • Frederick W. Coxe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920 [7]
  • Eckley B. Coxe (1839-1895), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 21st District, 1881-84 [7]
  • Charles H. Coxe, American politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1916 [7]
  • Charles D. Coxe, American politician, U.S. Consul in Tunis, 1824-25; Tripoli, 1825-30 [7]
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  2. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook