Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish
Berwickshire named Cockburn. The place name in turn, comes from the Old English "cocc," meaning "rooster," and "burna," meaning "a stream." As such, the surname is classed as a local, or habitational name, derived from a place where the original bearer lived or held land.
Early Origins of the Cowburn family
Roxburghshire (now part of the region of Borders). One of the first times the name was listed, was during the reign of William the Lion (1165-1214) when a Cukoueburn was listed in the area of Clifton. Typical of these early entries, no given name was provided. Peter de Cokburne witnessed a grant in 1220. One of the earliest records of a Clan crest was in 1296, when a rooster (cock) is shown on the seal of Peres de Cokeburne. Sir Alexander Cockburn was killed at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. In 1390, his grandson Alexander was appointed Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland. Around this time, some of the family settled in Danzig and changed their name to Kabrun.
Early History of the Cowburn family
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Cowburn Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cockburn, Cockbourne, Cockbourn, Cockburne, Cocburn, Coburn, Cobourne, Coburne and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowburn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir George Cockburn; Lord Cockburn, a Judge, Author, and Politician; James Cockburn, first M.P. for Muskoka and first Speaker of the House of...
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Migration of the Cowburn family to Ireland
Some of the Cowburn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cowburn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cowburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Cowburn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In dubiis constans
Motto Translation: Steady in doubtful affairs.
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