The name Chowen was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chowen family lived in Kent
, where they held lands and a family seat
at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).
Early Origins of the Chowen family
The surname Chowen was first found in Kent
, where the Chowen family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant
in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended.
Early History of the Chowen family
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Chowen 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 Chowen have been found, including Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.
Early Notables of the Chowen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chowen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chowen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Chowen, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Mary E. Chowen, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879