Cushen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Cushen was recognized on the island as 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Cushen family

The surname Cushen was 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. [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Johannes Cosyn, tiropour; Ricardus Cosyn; and Alicia Cosyn, 1379. [2]

Early History of the Cushen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cushen research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1558, 1558, 1535, 1541, 1547, 1594, 1672, 1549, 1597, 1549, 1547, 1697, 1743 and are included under the topic Early Cushen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cushen Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cushen family name include Cousin, Cousins, Cozens, Cossins, Couzins, Cossens, Cosin, Cosyns, Cousens, Couzens, Cossins, Cosin and many more.

Early Notables of the Cushen family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edmund Cosin, Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1558. He was "a native of Bedfordshire, entered King's Hall, Cambridge, as a bible clerk; proceeded B.A. early in 1535, M.A. in 1541, and B.D. in 1547." [3] John Cosin (1594-1672), was an English churchman from Norwich, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He was born at Norwich where his father, Giles Cosin, was a wealthy citizen. His...
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cushen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cushen family to Ireland

Some of the Cushen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cushen migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cushen family to immigrate North America:

Cushen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Cushen, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [4]

Canada Cushen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cushen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Cushen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822

Australia Cushen migration to Australia +

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

Cushen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Cushen, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • Mary Cushen, aged 22, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [5]
  • John Cushen, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • John Cushen, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Ellen Cushen, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Contemporary Notables of the name Cushen (post 1700) +

  • John Arthur James Cushen (b. 1950), former New Zealand cricketer


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml


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