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The roots of the name Cowens are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Cowens was originally found in the Scottish-English border region. The Cowens family lived in Ayrshire.

Cowens Early Origins



The surname Cowens was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cowens Spelling Variations


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Cowens Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Cowens has appeared as Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

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Cowens Early History


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Cowens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowens research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowens Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cowens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowens In Ireland


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Cowens In Ireland



Some of the Cowens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Cowens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. T. Cowens, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61Z-HYC : 6 December 2014), J. T. Cowens, 14 Oct 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Cowens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice Cowens, aged 25, originally from St. Helens, arrived in New York in 1901 aboard the ship "Servia" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFVR-SZ6 : 6 December 2014), Alice Cowens, 18 Feb 1901; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Servia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Chas. U. Cowens, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, C.Z [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJXY-8W5 : 6 December 2014), Chas. U. Cowens, 13 Mar 1910; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John Henry Cowens, aged 52, destined for Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1917 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH1-1MR : 6 December 2014), John Henry Cowens, 21 Jan 1917; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Thomas Cowens, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Wearwood" from Gibraltar, Spain [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J674-XZG : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cowens, 27 Apr 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Wearwood, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Margaret Anne Cowens, aged 26, originally from Newcastle/Tyne, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D3-9ZW : 6 December 2014), Margaret Anne Cowens, 22 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowens (post 1700)



  • David William "Dave" Cowens (b. 1948), American NBA basketball player and NBA head coach, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991
  • Alfred Edward "Al" Cowens (1951-2002), American Major League Baseball right fielder who played from 1974 to 1986

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61Z-HYC : 6 December 2014), J. T. Cowens, 14 Oct 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFVR-SZ6 : 6 December 2014), Alice Cowens, 18 Feb 1901; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Servia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJXY-8W5 : 6 December 2014), Chas. U. Cowens, 13 Mar 1910; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH1-1MR : 6 December 2014), John Henry Cowens, 21 Jan 1917; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J674-XZG : 6 December 2014), Thomas Cowens, 27 Apr 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Wearwood, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D3-9ZW : 6 December 2014), Margaret Anne Cowens, 22 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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The Cowens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowens 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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