Cowens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Cowens family

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.

Important Dates for the Cowens family

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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.

Early Notables of the Cowens family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cowens family to Ireland

Some of the Cowens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cowens migration to the United States

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]
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]
  • Chas. U. Cowens, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, C.Z [3]
  • John Henry Cowens, aged 52, destined for Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1917 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Thomas Cowens, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Wearwood" from Gibraltar, Spain [5]
  • Margaret Anne Cowens, aged 26, originally from Newcastle/Tyne, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cowens migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cowens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cowens, (b. 1844), aged 24, British ploughman travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [7]
  • Miss Catherine Cowens, (b. 1848), aged 20, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [7]
  • Mr. William Cowens, (b. 1847), aged 23, English farm labourer, from Northumberland travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [8]

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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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.).
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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