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Where did the English Coxon family come from? What is the English Coxon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coxon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coxon family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Coxon family have grown. The name Coxon was given to a member of the family who was a son of a cook. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Norman French word cok, which means cook.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coxon family name include Cookson, Cuckson, Cockson, Coxon and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coxon research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1273, 1379, 1677 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Coxon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coxon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coxon surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Coxon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Bryan Coxon settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Bryan Coxon, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Wm Coxon, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Peter Coxon, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Francis Coxon, who landed in Maryland in 1674


Coxon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Coxon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847

Coxon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mark Coxon from Birmingham, England, aged 76 settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1800

Coxon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Coxon, aged 42, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • John Coxon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • William Coxon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850

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  • Mr. Geoffrey Thomley Coxon (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Alexander "Alec" Coxon (1916-2006), English cricketer who played for Yorkshire
  • Graham Coxon (b. 1969), English musician, singer-songwriter and painter, founding member of the rock band Blur
  • Mr. Daniel Coxon (d. 1912), aged 59, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Alan John Coxon (1930-2012), English cricketer who played from 1951 to 1954 for Oxford University
  • Lucinda Coxon (b. 1962), English BAFTA Award nominated writer, known for Wild Target (2010), The Heart of Me (2002) and Messaggi quasi segreti (1997)
  • Chris Coxon (b. 1987), English actor, known for Sherlock Holmes (2010) and Mudlines (2007)
  • Mark David Coxon (b. 1978), former English cricketer
  • Thomas "Tom" Coxon (1883-1942), English footballer who played from 1902 to 1910
  • Alan Coxon, British TV Chef and television presenter

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.

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The Coxon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coxon 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.

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