Show ContentsKoser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Koser has a number of possible origins. Firstly it may be a version of Kozlow, which is, in turn, derived from the Russian "kozyol," meaning goat. In this case, the name would have been an occupational name of a goat herder. Or, the name could have been a nickname for someone who was very stubborn. Secondly, it was a name for a Cossack. The Cossacks were a group of people descended from runaway serfs, this group established a semi-military state within the Ukraine in the 15th and 16th centuries. Finally, this may have been a Jewish nickname for someone who was considered ruthless.

Early Origins of the Koser family

The surname Koser was first found in Poland.

Early History of the Koser family

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Koser Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Khozak, Kosek, Kossak, Khozak, Kozick, Kozak, Kozik, Kozakiewicz, Koziarz, Koziarski and many more.

United States Koser migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Koser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Leonhardt Koser, who landed in America in 1709 [1]
  • John Koser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Friederich Koser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Koser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Koser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Koser (post 1700) +

  • Preston Koser, American politician, Mayor of Iowa City, Iowa, 1950

  1. 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) on Facebook