Recorded in several forms as shown below, this is a surname of two possible nationalities and origins. Firstly it may be of Scottish locational origins, from the lands of Cogle in the parish of Watten, in Caithness, or secondly English and also locational from a place called Cogges Hill in the county of Oxfordshire. In both cases the original surname spellings and later variant forms are almost identical, and it is only possible to decide an individiall persons origin, by knowing the birth place of their ancestors. The name spellings including Coghill, Cogill, Cogle, Coggle, Coggell, Coggill, and Coggles. The Scottish surname deives from the pre 7th century Viking "kogel" meaning a "hood", and here used in the transferred sense of "mountain top", whilst the English is similar, deriving from "cogg", a serrated wheel, and therefore meaning "a hill shaped like a cog".