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When the ancestors of the Cawthrow family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. 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.

Early Origins of the Cawthrow family


The surname Cawthrow 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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Early History of the Cawthrow family

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Early History of the Cawthrow family


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Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1588 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cawthrow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cawthrow Spelling Variations

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Cawthrow Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cawthrow have been found, including Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.

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Early Notables of the Cawthrow family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Cawthrow family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cawthrow family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Cawthrow family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cawthrow were among those contributors: William Cowdrey who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; Anne Cowdrey settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763; with her three children; William Cowdery settled in Virginia in 1656..

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