Cozby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cozby comes from when the family resided in or near the place named Cosby, which was in the county of Leicestershire. The name of this settlement was originally derived from the Old English forename Cossa and the Old Norse word byr, which means farm; thus, it means Cossa's farm. The surname Cozby belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Cozby family

The surname Cozby was first found in Leicestershire at Cosby, a parish, in the union of Blaby, hundred of Guthlaxton. [1] This place name date back to at leat the Donesdfay Book of 1086 when it was known as Cossebi and literally meant "farmstead of village of a man called Cossa." [2]

It is "said to have been the property of the family before the Conquest." [3]

Early History of the Cozby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cozby research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1560, 1510, 1580, 1565, 1548, 1558 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Cozby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cozby 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. Cozby has been recorded under many different variations, including Cosby, Cosbie, Cosbey, Cosbye, Cossbye and others.

Early Notables of the Cozby family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cozby family to Ireland

Some of the Cozby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cozby family

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 Cozby or a variant listed above: John Cosby who settled in Virginia in 1654; Hannah Cosby settled in Charles Town in 1763; William Cosbey arrived in Philadelphia in 1874.



The Cozby 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: Sub libertate quietem
Motto Translation: Rest under liberty.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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