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The distinguished surname Couch emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Couch is an occupational name for a maker of couches or beds or an upholsterer. The surname is derived from the Old French word couch, which means couch. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Couch Early Origins



The surname Couch was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from early times. Couch's Mill is a small hamlet in Cornwall which has been spelt Couchs Mill, Couch's Mill and Couches Mill over the years.

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Couch Spelling Variations


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Couch Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Couche, Couch, Cowch, Cowche, Cauch, Cawch, Cauche, Cawche, Coutche, Coutch, Coucher, Cowcher, Couchur and many more.

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Couch Early History


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Couch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couch research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1273, 1295, 1544, 1563, 1758 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Couch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Couch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Couch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Couch In Ireland


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Couch In Ireland



Some of the Couch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 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



Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Couch:

Couch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mathew Couch, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • John Couch, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Alexander Couch, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Ambrose Couch, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Charles Couch, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Couch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Couch, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mr. Couch who settled in Louisiana in 1721
  • Joseph Couch, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • Elianore Couch landed in America in 1760
  • Arthur and Charles Couch settled in Maryland in 1774

Couch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Couch, who landed in America in 1807
  • J P Couch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • D. Couch settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • J Couch, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858
  • George Couch, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Couch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Couch settled in Placentia, Newfoundland in 1794 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Couch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Highman Couch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  • Thomas Couch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847
  • Peter Couch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848
  • Henry Couch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849
  • William Couch, aged 19, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"

Couch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Couch, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Jemima Couch, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • William Couch, aged 23, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Tryphena Couch, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Couch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Couch (post 1700)



  • Malcom Ollie "Mal" Couch Jr (b. 1938), American founder and president of the Tyndale Theological Seminary
  • Jason Couch (b. 1969), American professional bowler in the Professional Bowlers Association
  • Timothy Scott "Tim" Couch (b. 1977), former American college and professional NFL football quarterback
  • John Heard Couch (1811-1870), American sea captain, pioneer in the Oregon Country, Treasurer for the Provisional Government of Oregon (1846-1847)
  • Darius Nash Couch (1822-1897), American soldier, businessman, and naturalist, general officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • E. A. Couch, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964
  • Don Couch, American Republican politician, Candidate for Hawaii State Senate 5th District, 2002
  • Darius Nash Couch (1822-1897), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1865; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1866-67
  • Charles W. Couch, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1846
  • Ebenezer Couch, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1832-33
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Couch Historic Events


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Couch Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Henry Couch (d. 1912), aged 45, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Couch (d. 1912), aged 28, English Able Seaman from Port Isaac, Cornwall who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Suggested Readings for the name Couch


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Suggested Readings for the name Couch



  • Sang Branch Settlers [including the couch Family]: Folksongs and Tales of a Kentucky Mountain Family by Leonard Roberts.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Couch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Couch 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 April 2016 at 22:55.

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