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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 of England in 1066.

Chowdhury Early Origins



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.

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Chowdhury Spelling Variations


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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.

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Chowdhury Early History


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Chowdhury Early History



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

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Chowdhury Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chowdhury Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chowdhury (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chowdhury (post 1700)



  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Chowdhury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chowdhury 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 May 2015 at 15:59.

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