The distinguished surname Cowche emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Cowche is an occupational
name for a maker of couches or beds or an upholsterer. The surname is derived from the Old French word couch,
which means couch. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Cowche family
The surname Cowche was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times. Couch's Mill is a small hamlet in Cornwall
which has been spelt Couchs Mill, Couch's Mill and Couches Mill over the years.
Early History of the Cowche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowche research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1273, 1295, 1544, 1563, 1758 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Cowche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cowche Spelling Variations
surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations
. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish
settlers in England
, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish
names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Couche, Couch, Cowch, Cowche, Cauch, Cawch, Cauche, Cawche, Coutche, Coutch, Coucher, Cowcher, Couchur and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowche family to Ireland
Some of the Cowche family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 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 Cowche family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cowche arrived in North America very early: Mr. Couch who settled in Louisiana in 1721; Arthur and Charles Couch settled in Maryland in 1774; D. Couch settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852; Elianore Couch landed in America in 1760.