Cussens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cussens is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name which means Custance. Alternatively the name could have been a local name for someone from Coutance, a location name in Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Cussens family

The surname Cussens was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as both a forename and surname: Constance, or Custance de Byerne, Nottinghamshire; John Custaunce, Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Custance, Cambridgeshire; and Custance Burnard, Cambridgeshire.

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 continued this tradition with: Custance de Bergh; and Adam Custanson. "The last two instances entered together are probably mother and son. " [2]

Early History of the Cussens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cussens research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1629, 1801, 1650, 1669, 1881 and 1904 are included under the topic Early Cussens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cussens Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cussens include Custerson, Custer, Custance, Constance, Custeson and others.

Early Notables of the Cussens family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Roger Cuttance (fl. 1650-1669), an English Captain in the navy, a native of Weymouth, Dorset. [3] Hambleton Custance, was a Lieutenant-Colonel...
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United States Cussens migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cussens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Cussens, who settled in America in 1662
Cussens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Leonard Cussens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725

Canada Cussens migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cussens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Cussens, who settled in Ontario in 1871


The Cussens 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: Appetitus rationi pareat
Motto Translation: Let your desires obey your reason.


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  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


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