The name Coown is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in a small valley; the surname Coown is often derived from the Old English word cumb,
which means valley.
In this case, it belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Alternately, the surname Coown may be derived from residence in one of the many places called Comb, Combe, or Coombe. In this case, it belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Coown family
The surname Coown was first found in Devon
where Richard de la Coombe held estates in that county in the year 1194. The name also found in the Feet of Fines of Somerset
in 1269 where the entry Alan in la Cumbe was found. Robert atte
Cumbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296, and Thomas de Combe was listed in the Assize Rolls of Kent
in the year 1317. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire
and a hamlet in Suffolk.
Early History of the Coown family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coown research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Coown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coown Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coown family name include Coombe, Combs, Coombs, Comes, Combes, Combe, Coombes, Cumbe, Coumbes, Coames, Coambes, Cumbes, Cumes, Cummes, Cume, Coomes, Coames, Cooms, Coumes, Coume, Cooms, Coom, Coomb, Comb and many more.
Early Notables of the Coown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coown family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coown surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Coombs of Plymouth, settled in America in 1630; Anthony Coombs settled in 1640; and his parents gave him to the monks to be a priest, but he ran away with an English Bible. He became a blacksmith, and in the town of Wells he defended his farm against the Indians. John Coombs settled in Boston in 1662. Alistair Coombs settled in Maine in 1665.