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The name Cowart was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Cowart is 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.

Cowart Early Origins



The surname Cowart 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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Cowart Spelling Variations


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Cowart Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cowart were recorded, including Coward, Cowerd and others.

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Cowart Early History


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Cowart Early History



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

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Cowart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowart Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cowart arrived in North America very early: John and Joanne Coward who settled in Virginia in 1654; James Coward settled in Maryland in 1774; Thomas Coward settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1823..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowart (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowart (post 1700)



  • Ray J. Cowart, United States Air Force flight engineer and member of the Electronic Test Unit in the Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica, eponym of Mount Cowart, Antarctica
  • Edward D. Cowart (1925-1987), American lawyer and Dade County Circuit Court Judge, best known as presiding judge at the trial of serial killer Ted Bundy in 1979
  • Samuel Cowart III (b. 1975), American former college and current professional NFL football player
  • Shea Cowart, American two-time gold medalist sprinter at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
  • Kaleb Cowart (b. 1992), American baseball player
  • Donald "Dax" Cowart, American attorney noted for his fight over ethical issues regarding his disabling accident
  • Delma Cowart (b. 1941), American retired NASCAR and ARCA driver
  • Frank Cowart, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1944
  • Charles A. Cowart, American politician, Mayor of Troy, Alabama, 1960-61
  • Catherine C. Cowart, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1960 (alternate), 1972
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Cowart


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Suggested Readings for the name Cowart



  • The Ancestry and Descendants of John Cowart, 1816-1882 by Kyser Cowart Ptomey.

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Cowart Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. 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).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cowart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowart 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 28 September 2016 at 13:36.

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