The Boernician-Scottish Cockboourn family lived in Berwickshire
named Cockburn. The place name in turn, comes from the Old English cocc,
meaning "rooster," and burna,
meaning "a stream." As such, the surname is classed as a local
, or habitational name, derived from a place where the original bearer lived or held land.
Early Origins of the Cockboourn family
The surname Cockboourn was first found in Roxburghshire
in the lands of Merse. One of the first recorded instances of the name was during the reign of William the Lion (1165-1214) when a Cukoueburn was listed in the area of Clifton, Roxburghshire
. Typical of these early entries, no given name was provided. Peter de Cokburne witnessed a grant in 1220. One of the earliest records of a Clan
crest was in 1296, when a rooster (cock) is shown on the seal of Peres de Cokeburne. Sir Alexander Cockburn was killed at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. In 1390, his grandson Alexander was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland.
Early History of the Cockboourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockboourn research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1595, 1656, 1735, 1685, 1770, 1685, 1770 and are included under the topic Early Cockboourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockboourn Spelling Variations
Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland
, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations
of Cockboourn include Cockburne, Cobourne, Coburn, Coburne, Cocburn, Cockbain, Cockborne, Cockbourn, Cobourn, Cockburn, Cokburn, Cogburn, Cokbain, Cokborne, Cokbourn, Cokbourne, Cokburne, Cowburn and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockboourn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Adam Cockburn, Laird of Ormiston, Lord Ormiston (1656-1735), a Scottish administrator, politician and judge; John Cockbourn (1685-1770), Scottish improver of agriculture; Lord Cockburn, a Judge... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockboourn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockboourn family to Ireland
Some of the Cockboourn 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.
Migration of the Cockboourn family to the New World and Oceana
The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan
societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Cockboourns were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Archibald Cockburn, who settled in Carolina in 1682; James Cockburn, who came to East New Jersey in 1684; Thomas Cockburn, who came to New York in 1701.
The Cockboourn 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: Accenti cantu
Motto Translation: He animates by crowing.
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