The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
spawned the name Cowmane. It is derived from a Breton personal name
. Cowmane is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This surname comes from a Breton personal name
, which contained the first component, cam,
which means bent or crooked. The name came to England
with the Norman settlers after William the Conqueror's success at the Battle of Hastings. It was not long, however, before many members of the Cowmane family became dissatisfied with William's rule. In rebellion, many of them fled north, into Scotland
, where they were granted lands by King Malcolm Canmore. In Scotland, this family settled in the county of Northumberland
, beginning in 1070.
Early Origins of the Cowmane family
The surname Cowmane was first found in Norfolk
, and Yorkshire
, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) (died 1069) was a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror and was made Earl of Northumberland
. "He so commended himself to the king by his military skill that he was chosen at the end of 1068 for the difficult task of reducing the north of England
to obedience. William I conferred on him the earldom of Northumberland
, vacant by the flight of Gospatric. Comin was the founder of the family of Comyn, many of whom played an important part in the history of Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Later, John Comyn (Cumyn) (c. 1215-1275) was Lord of Badenoch in Scotland and justiciar of Galloway in 1258. He founded and started the construction of Blair Castle with a tower in 1269. He was nephew of Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan, Constable of Scotland, and of Walter Comyn, Earl of Mentieth.
Early History of the Cowmane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowmane research.Another 456 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1274, 1300, 1289, 1258, 1289, 1275, 1289, 1263, 1266, 1264, 1266, 1286, 1289, 1150, 1212, 1180, 1212, 1189 and are included under the topic Early Cowmane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cowmane Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Cowmane has appeared as Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowmane family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was John Comyn (died 1274), was justiciar of Galloway
, the son of Richard Comyn and nephew of the powerful Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith. His son John Comyn the Elder (died 1300), of Badenoch, 'claimant to the Scottish throne,' was the second son of John Comyn, justiciar of Galloway
Alexander Comyn (d. 1289)... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowmane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cowmane family to Ireland
Some of the Cowmane family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 142 words (10 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 Cowmane family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Cowmane were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Elizabeth Comyngs, who settled in Plymouth, MA in 1620; George Cumming, who came to New Jersey in 1685; William Cumming, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1717.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print