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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Coward family name to the British Isles. Coward is a name for a tender of cattle. The name is an adaptation of the Old English word cuhyrde, of the same meaning. It derives from the roots, cu, meaning cow, and hierde, meaning herdsman.

Coward Early Origins



The surname Coward was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Coward Spelling Variations


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Coward Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Coward, Cowerd and others.

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Coward Early History


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Coward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coward research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1679 is included under the topic Early Coward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coward Notables 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Coward or a variant listed above:

Coward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margarett Coward, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • John and Joanne Coward who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Nicholas Coward, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Ann Coward, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • William Coward, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1691

Coward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Humph Coward, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • James Coward settled in Maryland in 1774

Coward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Coward, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Coward settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823
  • Michael Coward, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • H Coward, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mathew Coward, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Coward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Sarah Coward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • George Coward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Maria Coward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Henry Coward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry James Coward, aged 23, a butcher, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coward (post 1700)



  • William Clyde Coward, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cheraw, South Carolina, 1934-40
  • Orville D. Coward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956, 1972
  • N. E. Coward, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956
  • Joseph B. Coward, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1878
  • John H. Coward, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 15th District, 1865-67
  • Thomas Alfred Coward FZS, FRES, MBOU (1867-1933), English ornithologist
  • John Coward (1907-1989), English ice hockey player, member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Charles Joseph Coward (1905-1976), English soldier, known as the "Count of Auschwitz" captured during World War II who rescued many Jews from Auschwitz
  • Sir NoŽl Pierce Coward (1899-1973), English actor, playwright and composer
  • Dame Pamela Sarah Coward DBE, British educator and teacher
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

Other References

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  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Coward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coward 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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