Anglo-Saxon name Coysh comes from when the family resided in a small cottage, hut, or hovel. The surname Coysh is derived from the Old English words cosche and cosshe, which both have this meaning. These words first appeared c. 1490. Coysh belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree.
Early Origins of the Coysh family
Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Coysh family
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Coysh Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Coysh has been recorded under many different variations, including Coish, Coysh, Quoise, Coise and others.
Early Notables of the Coysh family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Quoise, a prominent landholder in 16th century London; and Elisha Coysh (1631-1685), a prominent physician from London. He and his wife had seven children and had several homes including one at Swain's or Swine's...
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Migration of the Coysh family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coysh or a variant listed above: M. Coisch who arrived in Baltimore in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Coysh (post 1700)
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