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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish


The Cockbain surname is derived from a place in Berwickshire named Cockburn. The place name in turn, comes from the Old English "cocc," meaning "rooster," and "burna," meaning "a stream." As such, the surname is classed as a local, or habitational name, derived from a place where the original bearer lived or held land.

Cockbain Early Origins



The surname Cockbain was first found in Roxburghshire (now part of the region of Borders). One of the first times the name was listed, was during the reign of William the Lion (1165-1214) when a Cukoueburn was listed in the area of Clifton. Typical of these early entries, no given name was provided. Peter de Cokburne witnessed a grant in 1220. One of the earliest records of a Clan crest was in 1296, when a rooster (cock) is shown on the seal of Peres de Cokeburne. Sir Alexander Cockburn was killed at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. In 1390, his grandson Alexander was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland. Around this time, some of the family settled in Danzig and changed their name to Kabrun.

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Cockbain Spelling Variations


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Cockbain Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Cockburn, Cockbourne, Cockbourn, Cockburne, Cocburn, Coburn, Cobourne, Coburne and many more.

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Cockbain Early History


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Cockbain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockbain research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1395, 1656, 1735, 1685, 1770 and are included under the topic Early Cockbain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cockbain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cockbain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir George Cockburn; Lord Cockburn, a Judge, Author, and Politician; James Cockburn, first M.P. for Muskoka and first Speaker of the House of...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockbain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cockbain In Ireland


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Cockbain In Ireland



Some of the Cockbain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Cockburn and his wife who settled in Granada in 1774; Edward, James, Jane, Cockburn, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820; David, John, Robert, Thomas, and William Coburn all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In dubiis constans
Motto Translation: Steady in doubtful affairs.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cockbain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cockbain 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 17 January 2014 at 13:15.

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