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A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Cowgill. They lived in the lands of Cargill in east Perthshire where the family at one time had extensive territories.

Cowgill Early Origins



The surname Cowgill was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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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Cowgill Spelling Variations


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Cowgill Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Cowgill has been spelled Cargill, Cargille, Carnigill, Cargile, Kergylle, Cargyle, Carrigle, McGirl and many more.

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Cowgill Early History


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Cowgill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cowgill research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1457, 1681, 1619, 1681, 1638, 1643 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Cowgill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowgill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cowgill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cowgill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cowgill In Ireland


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Cowgill In Ireland



Some of the Cowgill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 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



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Cowgill:

Cowgill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Cowgill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Ellen Cowgill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Jane Cowgill, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Mary Cowgill, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowgill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cowgill (post 1700)



  • Collin Brannen Cowgill (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Warren Cowgill (1929-1985), American professor of linguistics at Yale University and the Encyclopædia Britannica’s authority on Indo-European linguistics
  • Ursula Moser Cowgill (b. 1927), American biologist and anthropologist
  • George L. Cowgill (b. 1929), American anthropologist and archaeologist
  • John A. Cowgill, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Supervisor of Warren Township, Michigan, 1933
  • James Cowgill (1848-1922), American Democrat politician, Missouri State Treasurer, 1909-13; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916; Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, 1918-22
  • James Cowgill, American politician, Postmaster at Dover, Delaware, 1841-45
  • Ira V. Cowgill, American Democrat politician, Chair of Hampshire County Democratic Party, 1917; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 15th District, 1926
  • Duane Cowgill, American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Michigan; Elected 2004
  • Cary E. Cowgill (1843-1914), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1873; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1904
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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: Domino confido
Motto Translation: Confide in the Lord.


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Cowgill Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Cowgill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cowgill 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 11:11.

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