Cowdin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cowdin is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from Cuthbert in the patronymic form where it was used as son of Cutt.

Early Origins of the Cowdin family

The surname Cowdin was first found in Norfolk. The Cowden variant come from Cowden, a small village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent.

Important Dates for the Cowdin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowdin research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Cowdin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cowdin Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cowdin has been spelled many different ways, 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 Cowdin family (pre 1700)

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Cowdin migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cowdins to arrive in North America:

Cowdin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Cowdin, who landed in New England in 1728 [1]
  • Thomas Cowdin, who arrived in New England in 1728 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdin (post 1700)

  • Joseph Cowdin, American politician, U.S. Consul in Glasgow, 1845-50 [2]
  • George D. Cowdin (b. 1835), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 2nd District, 1907-08 [2]
  • Elliot C. Cowdin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1877 [2]
  • C. E. Cowdin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1944 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
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