Cowes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Cowes surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a jackdaw. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word coo. This was in turn derived from the Old Norse word ka, which was their word for jackdaw. Thus the original bearer of this name must have reminded his contemporaries of a jackdaw and was referred to as "Cowes" as a nickname.

Early Origins of the Cowes family

The surname Cowes was first found in Lancashire, where the Cowes family held a family seat from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Osbert Ka, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Lancashire in 1188.

Early History of the Cowes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowes research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1188, 1221, 1783, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Cowes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cowes Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cowes are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cowes include: Coe, Coes, Cowe, Kow, Cawe, Kowe, Coo, Ku, Koo and others.

Early Notables of the Cowes family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cowes family to Ireland

Some of the Cowes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cowes migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cowes or a variant listed above:

Cowes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cowes, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cowes (post 1700) +

  • Leland M. Cowes, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County, 1898-99 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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