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Cowdrey is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cowdrey 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.

Cowdrey Early Origins



The surname Cowdrey 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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Cowdrey Spelling Variations


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Cowdrey Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cowdrey include Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.

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Cowdrey Early History


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Cowdrey Early History



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

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Cowdrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowdrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowdrey 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cowdreys to arrive on North American shores:

Cowdrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cowdrey who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edward Cowdrey, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • William Cowdrey, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Cowdrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Cowdrey settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763 with her three children

Cowdrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Cowdrey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Cowdrey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. T. Cowdrey, aged 24, who emigrated to New York, in 1907
  • T. Cowdrey, aged 28, who emigrated to New York, in 1907
  • Thomas O. Cowdrey, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Charles Cowdrey, aged 28, who settled in America from Maidenhead, England, in 1910
  • Leonarda Cowdrey, aged 18, who settled in Orange New Jersey, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdrey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdrey (post 1700)



  • Charles E. "Charlie" Cowdrey (1933-2011), American college football coach
  • Albert E. Cowdrey, American fantasy and science fiction author, nominated for the 2009 World Fantasy Awards
  • Peter A. Cowdrey, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1836
  • Judy Cowdrey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1988
  • Buzz Cowdrey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1988
  • Fabian Cowdrey, English cricketer, the third generation in his family to play cricket for Kent County Cricket Club
  • The Honourable Graham "Van" Robert Cowdrey (b. 1964), English cricketer
  • Christopher Stuart "Chris" Cowdrey (b. 1957), former English cricketer
  • Matthew John "Matt" Cowdrey OAM (b. 1988), Australian twelve-time gold, five-time silver medalist swimmer
  • Michael Colin Cowdrey CBE (1932-2000), Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge, Indian-born, English cricket player, Captain of Oxford University, Kent County Cricket Club and the England cricket team

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    11. ...

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

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