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Where did the English Couchman family come from? What is the English Couchman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Couchman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Couchman family history?

Couchman is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a person who worked as the local couchman, who drove passengers in a horsedrawn carriage.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Couchman has been recorded under many different variations, including Couchman, Coachman, Cocheman, Cowcheman and others.

First found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couchman research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1374, 1500, 1669, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Couchman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Couchman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Couchman or a variant listed above:

Couchman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sara Couchman, who landed in New England in 1634
  • James Couchman, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666

Couchman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Couchman, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"

Couchman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Couchman, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Annie Couchman, aged 40, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Alfred Couchman, aged 4, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • William Couchman, aged 13, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Ellen Couchman, aged 15, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875


  • Mr. Richard Couchman, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Hugh Couchman, Canadian astronomer and professor at McMaster University
  • John Malcolm Couchman (1913-2004), British rower at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Dame Elizabeth Couchman DBE (b. 1982), born Elizabeth May Ramsay Tannock, Australian co-founder of the Liberal Party of Australia
  • Admiral Sir Walter Couchman (b. 1981), British Royal Navy officer, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (19601961)
  • James Randall Couchman (b. 1942), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Gillingham (1983 1997)
  • Henry Couchman, 18th century architect and landscape gardener


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The Couchman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Couchman 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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