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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish


The Cockburn 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.

Cockburn Early Origins



The surname Cockburn 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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Cockburn Spelling Variations


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Cockburn Spelling Variations



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

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Cockburn Early History


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Cockburn Early History



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

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Cockburn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cockburn 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 Cockburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cockburn In Ireland


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Cockburn In Ireland



Some of the Cockburn 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 were:

Cockburn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Archibald Cockburn, who settled in Carolina in 1682
  • James Cockburn, who came to East New Jersey in 1684

Cockburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Cockburn, who came to New York in 1701
  • Alexander Cockburn, who arrived in Leeward Islands in 1710
  • William Cockburn, who came to Boston in 1715
  • Alexander Cockburn and his wife who settled in Granada in 1774

Cockburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward, James, and Jane Cockburn, who all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • J P Cockburn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Charles Cockburn, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1874

Cockburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Adam Cockburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • las Cockburn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Nicholas Cockburn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Cockburn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Cockburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cockburn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Cockburn, aged 33, a shepherd, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jane Cockburn, aged 32, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Adam Cockburn, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Phillip Cockburn, aged 10, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Euphans Cockburn, aged 8, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cockburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • A.T. Cockburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849
  • J. Cockburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849
  • Elizabeth Cockburn, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Cockburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Cockburn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Andrew Cockburn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J Cockburn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Cockburn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Cockburn landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cockburn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cockburn (post 1700)



  • Olivia Jane Cockburn (b. 1984), birth name of Olivia Wilde, American multiple award winning actress, known for her roles in Rush (2013), In Time (2011), TRON: Legacy (2010) and House M.D. (2004)
  • Alexander Claud Cockburn (1941-2012), Scottish-born, American political journalist and writer
  • Robert C. Cockburn, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Kingston, 1926
  • James Cockburn (1819-1883), Canadian (Scottish born) lawyer, politician, Father of Canadian Confederation, Canada's first Speaker of the House of Commons (1867-1874)
  • Claud Cockburn (1904-1981), radical British journalist
  • Sir George Cockburn (1772-1853), Scottish British Navy Admiral, who escorted Napoleon to his last prison on St. Helena Island
  • Bruce Cockburn OC (b. 1945), Canadian singer, songwriter made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and holder of 5 honorary doctorates
  • John Alexander Cockburn (1850-1929), Australian (Scottish born) politician, Premier of South Australia (1889-1890)
  • Henry Thomas Cockburn (1779-1854), Scottish judge, author, politician, made Lord Cockburn in 1834
  • Alison Cockburn (1713-1794), Scottish poet
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cockburn Historic Events


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Cockburn Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Cockburn, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Gordon William Cockburn, British Boy from Bradford, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Guy Rosebery Cockburn, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Pasadena, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Andrew Cockburn, English Senior 2nd Engineer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. 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. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    11. ...

    The Cockburn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cockburn 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.

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