Chowdhury is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chowdhury family lived in Berkshire. The name, however, refers to the area of Cordray, in Eure, Normandy
, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Chowdhury family
The surname Chowdhury 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.
Early History of the Chowdhury family
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Chowdhury Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.
Early Notables of the Chowdhury family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chowdhury family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Chowdhury or a variant listed above:
Chowdhury Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hern Chandra Chowdhury, aged 22, who landed in America from Decca, India, in 1913
Contemporary Notables of the name Chowdhury (post 1700)
- Belal Chowdhury (1938-2018), Bangladeshi poet who was awarded the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1984
- A. B. M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury (1944-2017), Bangladesh Awami League politician, Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (1996-2000)
- Amitabha Chowdhury (1927-2015), Indian Ramon Magsaysay Award winning investigative journalist
- Shefali Chowdhury (b. 1988), British actress best known for playing the role of Parvati Patil in the Harry Potter films