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Cowans Surname History



The first people to use the name Cowans were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in the Scottish-English border region. The Cowans family lived in Ayrshire.


Early Origins of the Cowans family


The surname Cowans was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), 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.

Early History of the Cowans family


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Cowans Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Cowans has appeared as Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

Early Notables of the Cowans family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cowans family to Ireland


Some of the Cowans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cowans family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Barbara Cowan who settled in New Jersey in 1685; along with Marjorie; Andrew Cowan settled in South Carolina in 1772; Alexander Cowan settled in New York City in 1774.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cowans (post 1700)


  • Herbert "Kat" Cowans (b. 1904), American jazz drummer who also spelt his name Cowens
  • Harry Lowes Cowans (1932-1985), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central (1976-1983) and for Tyne Bridge (1983-1985)
  • Norman George Cowans (b. 1961), Jamaican former cricketer who played in 19 Tests and 23 ODIs from 1982 to 1985 for England
  • Gordon Sidney Cowans (b. 1958), English retired football player and coach; he played from 1976 to 1997 and managed Aston Villa from 1998, member of the England U21, England B and England National Teams (1979-1990)
  • General Sir John "Jack" Stephen Cowans GCB GCMG MVO (b. 1862), British Quartermaster-General to the Forces (1912-1919)

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