Anglo-Saxon surname Cowdan came from Cuthbert in the patronymic form where it was used as son of Cutt.
Early Origins of the Cowdan family
Norfolk. The Cowden variant come from Cowden, a small village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent.
Early History of the Cowdan family
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Cowdan Spelling Variations
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. Cowdan has been recorded under many different variations, including Cutting, Cudden, Cudding, Cuttin, Cutten, Cuttan, Cuddan, Cuddin, Cuddon, Cuding, Cuting, Cuden, Cutin, Cutine, Cudan, Cudane, Coudan, Couding, Coutting, Coutten, Couttan, Couttin, Cutton and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowdan 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 Cowdan or a variant listed above: Richard Cutting and his brother William were amongst the first settlers in the New World. They left from Ipswich England on the ship "Elizabeth".
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