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The ancient Scottish name Cowan was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the Scottish-English border region. The Cowan family lived in Ayrshire.

Cowan Early Origins



The surname Cowan was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir ir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cowan Spelling Variations


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Cowan Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Cowan has been spelled Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

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Cowan Early History


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Cowan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowan research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cowan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowan In Ireland


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Cowan In Ireland



Some of the Cowan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Cowan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Barbara Cowan who settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • Barbara Cowan, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Marjorie Cowan, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Marjory Cowan, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Cowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ephraim Cowan, who arrived in New England in 1738
  • Andrew Cowan settled in South Carolina in 1772
  • Alexander Cowan settled in New York City in 1774
  • Alexander Cowan, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Andrew Cowan, who landed in New York in 1798
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Cowan, who arrived in America in 1804
  • James Cowan, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Christopher Cowan, who landed in America in 1812
  • Edward Cowan, who arrived in America in 1812
  • George Cowan, aged 30, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Cowan, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Owen Cowan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Kitty Cowan, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Cowan, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Nancy Cowan, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Walter Cowan, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Cowan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Cowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Cowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Samuel Cowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849
  • R. Cowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849
  • David Cowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Cowan, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Catherine Cowan, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • John Cowan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • John Cowan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • John Cowan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bulwark" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowan (post 1700)



  • Richard Cowan (1957-2015), American operatic bass-baritone
  • Mary Louise Cowan (1916-2015), ne Shillingburg, American teacher and wife of the physicist, teacher, and university president Donald Cowan
  • Johnnie Cowan (1913-1993), American Negro league baseball infielder who played from 1934 and 1948, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • Patrick Edmund Cowan (b. 1986), Canadian-born, free agent American football quarterback
  • Richard Olsen Cowan (b. 1934), American historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Denys B. Cowan (b. 1960), American Eisner Award nominated comic book artist and television producer
  • William Maurice "Mo" Cowan (b. 1969), American politician and lawyer, United States Senator from Massachusetts in 2013
  • John Cowan (b. 1952), American soul and progressive bluegrass vocalist and bass guitar player, lead vocalist and bass player for the New Grass Revival
  • Jerome Palmer Cowan (1897-1972), American stage, film, and television actor who appeared in 219 features, best known for his role as the prosecuting district attorney in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • Nelson Cowan (b. 1951), American Curators' Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cowan Historic Events


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Cowan Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles Cowan, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. David Cowan, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Alex Cowan, English Lift Attendant from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Cowan


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Suggested Readings for the name Cowan



  • Cowan/Lenox, and Next of Kin by Mildred C. Siever.
  • The Cowans from County Down by John Kerr Fleming.

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Motto


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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: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.


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Cowan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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    The Cowan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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