Coxon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Coxon family

The surname Coxon was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where they were originally from Settle. [1]

Early History of the Coxon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coxon research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1273, 1379, 1609, 1636, 1654, 1735, 1677, 1682, 1679, 1743 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Coxon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coxon Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Coxon family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Cookson or Coxon ( fl. 1609-1636), one of the earliest English engravers, who left a large number of portraits engraved in a dry, but neatly finished manner. [2] Another Thomas Coxon (1654-1735), was an English Jesuit, a native of the county of Durham. [2] Captain John Coxon (fl. 1677-1682), was a...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coxon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coxon migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Bryan Coxon, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [3]
  • William Coxon, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • Peter Coxon, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Francis Coxon, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Coxon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Coxon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]

Canada Coxon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coxon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mark Coxon from Birmingham, England, aged 76 settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1800 [4]

Australia Coxon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coxon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Coxon, aged 42, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [5]
  • John Coxon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]
  • William Coxon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coxon (post 1700) +

  • Helen Coxon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1944 [7]
  • E. D. Coxon, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1946; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 8th District, 1948, 1950 [7]
  • Thomas "Tom" Coxon (1883-1942), English footballer who played from 1902 to 1910
  • Mark David Coxon (b. 1978), former English cricketer
  • Chris Coxon (b. 1987), English actor, known for Sherlock Holmes (2010) and Mudlines (2007)
  • Lucinda Coxon (b. 1962), English BAFTA Award nominated writer, known for Wild Target (2010), The Heart of Me (2002) and Messaggi quasi segreti (1997)
  • Alan John Coxon (1930-2012), English cricketer who played from 1951 to 1954 for Oxford University
  • 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
  • Roy Coxon, New Zealand former association footballer, member of the New Zealand National Team (1951-1952)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Geoffrey Thomley Coxon, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Daniel Coxon (d. 1912), aged 59, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]


The Coxon Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque BOYNE 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Boyne.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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