Cowger is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a sailor or master of a type of small boat called a cog
in Old English. A cogger
was a person who sailed such boats.
Early Origins of the Cowger family
The surname Cowger was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was registered as Arnaldus Coggorius in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Cowger family
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Cowger Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cowger has appeared include Cogger, Coggere, Cogere, Coger, Coggorius, Cowger and others.
Early Notables of the Cowger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cowger family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cowger arrived in North America very early:
Cowger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albion Cowger, aged 37, who emigrated to America, in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name Cowger (post 1700)
- William O. Cowger (1922-1971), American Republican politician, mayor of Louisville, Kentucky (1961-1965) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, January 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- William Owen Cowger (1922-1971), American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky Republican State Central Committee, 1956-71; Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1961-65 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html