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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.

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The surname Couchman was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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  • Peter Couchman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of South Dakota, 1892
  • Peter Couchman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1872-73
  • John W. Couchman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1860
  • Alan Couchman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • 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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Couchman Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Richard Couchman, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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