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The ancestors of the Cawthra family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Berkshire. The name, however, refers to the area of Cordray, in Eure, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Cawthra Early Origins



The surname Cawthra was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cawthra Spelling Variations


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Cawthra Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.

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Cawthra Early History


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Cawthra Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cawthra research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1588 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cawthra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cawthra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cawthra Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cawthra Notables 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cawthra or a variant listed above:

Cawthra Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Herbert Cawthra, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Mrs. J. Cawthra, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1895

Cawthra Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Victor Cawthra, aged 40, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Charles Edward Cawthra, aged 49, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1907
  • John Joseph Cawthra, aged 31, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Harry Cawthra, aged 24, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1912
  • William H. Cawthra, aged 49, who landed in America from London, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cawthra Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • H. Victor Cawthra, aged 40, who settled in Toronto, Canado, in 1907
  • Isabella Cawthra, aged 6, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Ada Cawthra, aged 40, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Grace Cawthra, aged 30, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Grace L. Cawthra, aged 32, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cawthra (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cawthra (post 1700)



  • Joseph Hermon Cawthra (1886-1957), English sculptor from Baildon, Yorkshire
  • Mark Cawthra (b. 1961), English musician and music producer, born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire
  • Joseph Cawthra (1759-1842), English-born, Canadian merchant and politician in York, Upper Canada, eponym of Cawthra Road, Mississauga

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Cawthra Historic Events


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Cawthra Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Arthur James Cawthra, British Lieutenant (E), who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Cawthra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cawthra 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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