The history of the name Cowbrain begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old Norse personal name Kolbrandr
and the Old Swedish forename Kolbrand.
The names Colbrand
appeared in the Domesday Book
survey of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Cowbrain family
The surname Cowbrain was first found in Sussex
where the family held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Colbrand (Colbron) was a legendary giant from English folklore. Some sources claim he was a Viking giant. According to legend, Guy of Warwick defeated him to prove his love for Lady Felice. The legend dates back to at least the 13th century and was even popular into Shakespearean times when he mentions Colbrand in Henry VIII and King John.
By the 18th century, Colbrand became a nickname for someone of considerable size or strength.
Early History of the Cowbrain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowbrain research.Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1600, 1571, 1572, 1597, 1627, 1640, 1664 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Cowbrain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cowbrain Spelling Variations
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. Cowbrain has been recorded under many different variations, including Colbrond, Colbron, Colbrand, Colbran and others.
Early Notables of the Cowbrain family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Colbrand (c.
1544-1600), of Chichester, Sussex
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Ludgershall in 1571 and 1572 and for Appleby 1597. Continuing the line was Sir John... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowbrain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cowbrain family to Ireland
Some of the Cowbrain family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cowbrain family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cowbrain or a variant listed above: William and his wife Marjorie Colbron who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.