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Corsar Family Crest / Corsar Coat of Arms

Corsar Family Crest / Corsar Coat of Arms

The surname of CORSAR is of French origin, an occupational name 'the cosser' a dealer in horses. The king's corser was an officer who acted as the king's agent in purchasing horses. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday book. COSOUR (without surname) was such a tenant. Other records of the name mention Ralph le Kossert, 1299, County Essex. John Cossart was recorded in the year 1392 in County Hampshire. Johnannes Martyr Corsere, appears in an old Oxford record, dated 1451 stating 'Corsoure of horses by false menys make them loke freshe'. John, son of John Cossart was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1578, and Katherine, daughter of John Corzet (clothworker) was baptised at the same church in 1580. The name appears in Scotland and David Cosher was documented in Touchgorme in the year 1663, and reappears in 1683 as David Corser in the parish of St. Ninian in Stirling.

The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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