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Today's generation of the Cowdery family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cowdery family lived in Berkshire. The name, however, refers to the area of Cordray, in Eure, Normandy, where the family lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Cowdery Early Origins



The surname Cowdery was first found in Berkshire, 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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Cowdery Spelling Variations


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Cowdery 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 Cowdery were recorded, including Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.

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Cowdery Early History


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Cowdery Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowdery research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1588 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cowdery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowdery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowdery Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowdery 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 Cowdery arrived in North America very early:

Cowdery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cowdery settled in Virginia in 1656
  • William Cowdery, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Edward Cowdery, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1665

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdery (post 1700)



  • Mae Virginia Cowdery (1909-1953), African-American poet and participant in the Harlem Renaissance
  • Warren A. Cowdery (1788-1851), American editor of the Latter Day Saints' Messenger and Advocate
  • Oliver H. P. Cowdery (1806-1850), American Latter Day Saint apostle, the Second Elder of the church
  • John J. Cowdery (1930-2013), American politician, Republican member of the Alaska Senate (2001-2009)
  • L. E. Cowdery, American politician, Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota, 1879-80
  • John Cowdery (b. 1930), American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives, 1983-84, 1997-2000; Member of Alaska State Senate, 2000-09
  • Jabez F. Cowdery, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1873-75, 1880-81
  • Benjamin R. Cowdery, American politician, Secretary of State of Nebraska, 1889-91; Appointed 1889
  • Nicholas Richard Cowdery AM QC (b. 1946), Director of Public Prosecutions for the Australian state of New South Wales

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Cowdery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowdery 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 13 November 2015 at 11:07.

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