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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


Cozart is a name whose history dates possibly as far back as 1066 when the Normans first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a name for 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.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cozart include Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cozart research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1558, 1558, 1594, 1672, 1697 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Cozart History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cozart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Cozart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cozarts to arrive on North American shores: John Cosins who settled in Maryland in 1683; Richard Cousin settled in Grenada in 1774; Edward Cousins settled in Maryland in 1774; George Cousins settled in Massachusetts in 1635.

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  • Zachary Warren "Zack" Cozart (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Bernadette Cozart (1949-2009), African American professional gardener, botanist and urban gardening advocate
  • Charles Rhubin "Charlie" Cozart (1919-2004), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Winfield F. Cozart, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1916
  • Benjamin Hubbard Cozart (1839-1911), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 21st District, 1883-84
  • Cylk Cozart (b. 1957), American television and film actor, known for his roles in Conspiracy Theory (1997) and 16 Blocks (2006)


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

This page was last modified on 27 January 2016 at 09:35.

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