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Where did the English Cowdin family come from? What is the English Cowdin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cowdin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cowdin family history?

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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowdin research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Cowdin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cowdin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Thomas Cowdin, who arrived in New England in 1728

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


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The Cowdin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowdin 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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