Cowdry is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Cowdry 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
Early Origins of the Cowdry family
The surname Cowdry 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.
Early History of the Cowdry family
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Cowdry Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cowdry family name include Cowdrey, Cowdray, Cowderey, Cowderoy, Corderoy, Cordroy, Cowdroy, Cowdry, Cowdery and many more.
Early Notables of the Cowdry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowdry family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cowdry family to immigrate North America:
Cowdry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Cowdry, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Cowdry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Susan Cowdry, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Cowdry (post 1700)
- Rex William Cowdry (b. 1947), American psychiatrist
- Rt. Rev. Roy Cowdry,