Cozier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This name is "derived from an official title. 'the crosier,' one who carried the bishop's cross or pastoral staff." [1] It is derived from the "Old French, crosier, crocier, crosser ‘crosier’, the bearer of a bishop’s crook or pastoral staff, or of the cross at a monastery. The name might also denote a seller of crosses or a dweller by a cross. Croyser is the common early form." [2]

Early Origins of the Cozier family

The surname Cozier was first found in Liddesdale, where they belonged to an old Border Clan seated at Liddisdale, Roxburghshire. [3]

"Persons of this name were early settlers in Liddesdale, and c. 1376 we find "locus Croyser" in the rent-roll of the lordship. William Crosier, professor of philosophy in the newly founded University of St. Andrews, 1410. William Croyser, a Scotsman at present in Bruges, in Flanders, to have a safe conduct in England in 1429, is perhaps Master William Croyser, archdeacon of Teviotdale, who had a safe conduct to travel in England in 1433." [4]

While the name is most famous in Scotland, in England the first record of the family was William le Croyser who was listed at Eynsham, Oxfordshire in 1264. William le Crocer was found in Suffolk in 1305 and Thomasa Croser was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1393. [2]

Near the border of Scotland and England, Yorkshire listed Cristiana Croiser; and Johannes Croser in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

In Norfolk, John Crosier, was listed there, 6 Henry V and William Crosier, was listed 46 Edward III. [5] In both these cases, the year of the king's reign denoted the year of the entry. For example, 6 Henry V, denoted during the sixth year of King Henry V's reign.

Early History of the Cozier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cozier research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1587, 1436, 1475, 1418, 1424, 1526, 1569, 1537, 1564, 1587, 1855, 1864, 1870 and are included under the topic Early Cozier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cozier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crozier, Crosier, Croyser, Crosar, Crozer and others.

Early Notables of the Cozier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was William Crozier, the English oboe player, whose tone and exquisite taste will not soon be forgotten by those who heard him in the Crystal Palace...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cozier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cozier family to Ireland

Some of the Cozier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cozier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cozier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Cozier, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
  • John Cozier, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1897
Cozier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Henry Cozier, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Kathleen Blanche Cozier, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1908
  • William Cozier, aged 11, who settled in America from St. Joseph, Barbados, in 1909
  • Maggie Cozier, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • Samuel Cozier, aged 24, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cozier (post 1700) +

  • Robert V. Cozier, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Idaho, 1897-1904, Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Mac Cozier (b. 1973), retired American soccer player
  • Jimmy Cozier, American soul musician
  • Winston Anthony Lloyd "Tony" Cozier (1940-2016), Barbadian cricket writer and commentator on West Indian cricket
  • Anthony "Tony" Cozier (b. 1940), Barbadian cricket writer and commentator for West Indian cricket


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print


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